Lightroom Enlightenment

Lightroom Enlightenment

In the 21st century, Photography as with everything else has seen a massive upgrade. Daily, millions of photos are taken and shared on social media and countless other platforms. One of the things that has changed about photography is editing. People now like to edit their images and then showcase them to the world.

Because of this edition to photography, some people are skeptical about the art. Some claim photography is fake art. That editing makes the image fake and unreal. However, just like any other artist, photographers like to push their imagination with their artwork via editing.

Hence, let me shine light on editing as a photographer.

Let’s begin with the basics. Majority of photographers use Adobe Lightroom as there software to process an image. Why? Are they not good enough photographers to capture an image perfectly on camera? Well, the answer is Lightroom and/or Photoshop is not going to achieve a miracle. If the image wasn’t captured well enough on the camera then there’s only so much these softwares can do. Lightroom and Photoshop don’t replace real talent. Secondly, the eye is sharper and can see more details than any camera will ever capture (so far). Therefore to restore those real colors and details they tweak the image a bit in adobe lightroom! It’s a personal choice, some choose to some don’t.

Here’s an example:

Before edit

Before edit

After edit

After edit

In the image above you can see the faces are dark and post-editing, the faces are much brighter. Camera sensors are not as powerful as our eyes. They are not capable of getting multiple exposures right. A photographer has only one option! Either save the highlights or the shadows. So, in this situation I went for saving the background as I knew I will be able to recover the faces in lightroom.

Photography is really vast, other tricks we use is flash to get background and subject both correctly balanced. I will get more into that in upcoming blogs.

For now let’s stick to lightroom editing. You may still be wondering what photographers in the past used to do? Well, they used dark rooms to color correct and pull highlights and shadows.

I hope this has given you a bit of insight into what editing a photo means.