Just for fun, I thought I would throw together some fun Before & Afters. The “Before” shots are straight-out-of-camera (SOOC), and the “Afters” are the final, edited versions, with some minor tweaks in Lightroom. It’s important to get as much done right in-camera, so that there is much less to do in post-processing, which means clients get their final images faster! I’ve worked very hard over these past three years to learn the ins and outs of my camera’s functions. Taking a few extra seconds during a session to adjust settings helps tremendously, and it’s well worth the extra time once the images are on my computer and ready to be “prettied up.”
For this photo, I knew I wanted the sun to be behind my model, and for the image to be warmer (more golden) in the final edit.
The sun had just slipped behind the trees for this shot,
so I knew it would be slightly underexposed and ready for a pop of brightness in post-processing.
I placed my subject in the shade on these tracks. Again, I left the image slightly underexposed,
brightened it, and saturated the colors during editing. I also cropped out some of the blown-out sky in the upper left corner.
Once again, we headed toward the grassy area in some shade. I placed my subject slightly in the sun, so her hair would look glowy.
Once again, I wanted this image to be more golden, so I warmed up the photo in Lightroom.
There’s you a quick sneak peek about what goes in my head during and after a session. I hope to post more Before & Afters in the near future!