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Editing your pictures doesn’t have to be a drab. Seriously, I think so many have in their mind that their pictures could never look like a pro-photographer, when in reality they can! If you have a great camera your next step is to learn to edit your pictures.
So if you have a camera like the pros…lets edit like a pros! You’ll definitely want a computer that runs fast for you because picture files can be humongous and take up major space…we don’t have time to sit around and wait on a computer when we have kiddos at our feet hungry or needing to go potty, right?!
I can be a total nerd and geek when it comes to technology and roaming around in Best Buy. Ask my husband! At Best Buy we purchased the 2-in-1 (which I’ll tell you why in a second) Dell Inspiron 7000 -17 inch because we need all the visual space we can when editing pictures. The most important part is that it has the new 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor, which means I can upload and edit a ton of pictures at one time…oh! and edit them in no time.
Why the 2-in-1 laptop? Let’s face it I can’t sit at a table or desk for periods of time while editing and working. I need to be mobile… so this was top on my list for sure, plus a little touch screen is like the cherry on top.
*Disclaimer* This is my personal preference on how I edit my pictures, this isn’t the editing style for everyone I know, I just want to encourage you to find your personal style and run with it!
Usually straight out of the camera you images are going to look a bit drabby vs bright and bold. So editing or enhancing your images is a must.
Using Lightroom, once your image is imported and you are in the Develop Module:
Side note: I am shooting all of my images in RAW format- so this can vary from jpg format.
Step by Step:
- Adjust your Exposure, using the exposure bar to the right.
- Slide your contrast bar to the desired contrast your eye likes. I find myself pretty much all the way to the right on contrast.
- Your temp color begin to tap to the right and warm it up to get the creamy sunlight warmth touching your photos.
With the 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor in this 2-in-1 touch screen laptop it makes the whole process lightening speed fast and I have no problem editing an entire session (as I am a professional photographer when I’m not being mommy or blogger!) + at the same time listening to my favorite music, which happens to be Christmas music right now! It’s practically a walking theater-like entertainment at home or on-the-go with a thin and light computer that has long battery life.
You will see the same process above on the following two images as well:
What are your favorite ways to edit your pictures? or are you new to the game of editing?
Hi I’m Erin a Southern mama from South Mississippi, owner and chief editor of Sixth Bloom a blog helping mom-tographers capture their kiddos and life, talking all things home, parenting and how we navigate through life. You will find me living life to the fullest with my mister (aka husband) and our little two year old, Miss E, in our 500+ sq foot cottage as we build our dream house on our two acres! We are blessed beyond measure, love to travel, involved in ministry at our church and in between all of that we run two successful businesses together!