I am a self-proclaimed Photoshop whore.
Ever since I started using it back in 2000, I’ve been addicted. But when it comes to my photography, I always try my best to get everything right in camera as much as possible.
Unfortunately sometimes my best isn’t well, the best. And that’s when I have to do some processing tricks to get the photos looking perfect. I use a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop to do my processing and I HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend that you try this out if you haven’t yet.
Why? Because Lightroom speeds up your overall processing so much. I consider it “Photoshop for Dummies” — you just slide bars around to achieve the look you want and there’s no complicated masks, layers, and blah blah blah. But the thing is, oftentimes you NEED those complicated layers and masks and things (and really, they’re not so complicated once you get the hang of them).
What happens if everything in a photo is gorgeous and properly exposed, but the dog’s face is not? You take it into Photoshop, create a layer mask, and make the dog’s face looking right while everything else is hidden. Can’t do that in Lightroom.
And what happens if everything else in the photo is perfect except for a piece of trash you forgot to move out of frame before you shot? You take it into Photoshop, do some pixel pushing and remove it. Can’t do that in Lightroom.
The following are a few before + afters of photos I recently processed that needed some extra work. I feel naked showing my “before” photos. Really, really naked. But hey, I think every photo needs a little extra work once it comes out of the camera. And these really demonstrate the great results you can get when you combine the power of Lightroom + Photoshop.
(By the way — I don’t use actions or presets. I’ve tried using them, and they’re just not for me)
Lightroom: Removed yellow color cast, increased overall brightness
Photoshop: Increased brightness of Max’s face
Lightroom: Removed green color cast, added some detail back into the clouds and brought back details in Max’s face
Photoshop: Further exposure correction in Max using layers and masks
Lightroom: Removed yellow/green color cast
Photoshop: Increased saturation and detailing in wood floor; brought back details of Dottie’s face; corrected exposure of Rob and Anne
Lightroom: Fixed white balance, brought out more details in wood floor and railings, added saturation
Photoshop: Added in sky from a separate image; increased details in wood; corrected exposure of Rob and Anne in a separate layer