February Photo Tips Week 3: Editing

February 25, 2019

We are half way through the month of February which means we are half way finished with February photos tips month! Last week was February Photo Tips Week 3: Editing.

Some of you have asked what program I use to edit images, how exactly I edit images, and others wanted to know of free phone presets for editing on mobile.

I edit in Lightroom and I cull in Photomechanic. I didn’t use presets until a few months ago because I wanted to grow my knowledge of Lightroom and achieve my desired look without using an “easy button” if you will. Once I felt like I knew Lightroom well enough to be able to conquer any lighting situation when editing, I purchased presets. Presets are not necessary if you’re beginning. I mentioned in my Instastory that I actually feel like using presets could even be doing yourself a disservice. Sometimes when shooting you can have the mindset, “I can edit that later” or “it’s not how I want it but editing will make it better.” This could be true but wouldn’t it be nice if you could understand what was causing the issues while shooting, adjust, and know you took the best image possible rather than trying to fix it later?

Over my Instastory, I explained that a lot of editing has to do with how the image was captured. Photographers want to get all settings as perfect in camera as possible so editing is as quick and easy as possible. No one wants to spend their lives behind a computer editing. Editing is a culmination of your knowledge of your camera, lens, light, location, and Lightroom (or preferred editing program).

For my personal Instagram and for my dogs Instagram I use Alexa Jean presets which are linked below. Other great mobile presets are also listed. I don’t know of any free mobile presets but I’m sure they are out there.

Here are great mobile presets available for purchase:
Alexa Jean Presets
Light & Airy Lifestyle Presets
Etsy has a ton of presets available 

This Thursday, is my last February Photo Tips Week. Trust me when I say, you don’t want to miss this one!

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Sarah Botta is a Northern Virginia based wedding photographer whose work can be described as organic, natural, and timeless. Sarah specializes in capturing people’s stories and building connections with each client to help tell their story. Sarah has photographed over 55 weddings across Virginia and Maryland from rustic outdoor ceremonies to elaborate estate mansion receptions. Her natural timeless style shines brightest with outdoor locations. Sarah is available for travel and is passport ready.

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