How to Edit Photos: Develop Your Editor's Eye
Discover how to edit photos of your family, pet or latest vacation with photography blogger Erin Peloquin's go-to checklist for enhancing any image, using both Lightroom® and Photoshop®. You'll begin by correcting exposures before learning how to tell if a photo is beyond repair. Move on to adjusting color with Erin's favorite tricks for altering white balance, fixing color casts and improving blown-out colors. Once you have the perfect hue, you'll discover how contrast is related to exposure and get tips for using them together. Take your skills to the next level with techniques for removing distractions and sharpening your images for crisp, clear results that keep the focus on your subject. Ready to share your work? Erin will show you how to export photos for printing or online sharing and give you troubleshooting tips for working through edits from start to finish.
Erin Peloquin began teaching photography after starting her blog, Digital Photography for Moms. Her knack for technology and passion for beautifully edited photos is reflected in her love for post-processing. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with other passionate photographers through online tutorials and workshops near her hometown, Austin, Texas, and by contributing to Photoshop Elements Techniques magazine.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Erin Peloquin, and learn her foolproof approach to editing photos! You'll start by making minor tweaks to one of the most important elements: exposure. Then, Erin will show you how to address more serious issues and explain when a photo is beyond repair.
Take the next step in your post-processing journey with color adjustments. Erin will share her favorite tricks for easy white balance adjustments. Plus, you'll learn how to make more targeted edits to solve color casts and blown out colors.
Tackle another challenge in editing your photos by learning about contrast. First, Erin will help you understand how contrast works and how it's related to exposure. Then, you'll make them work together and even use contrast creatively for black and white images.
Learn how simple composition changes can take your photos to the next level. First, Erin will explain how to use go-to tools such as the rule of thirds and the golden spiral. Then, she'll walk you through the steps for extending a background, to give you more options and more control.
A distraction in your photos can be the difference between good and great. Erin will help you assess, remove and even reuse distracting elements. Plus, she'll share her secrets for fixing major issues, so you can save photos you thought were lost for good!
Your foolproof workflow is almost complete. Before finishing your edits, you'll find out how to apply sharpening where you need it. Then, you'll learn the perfect export settings, whether you're printing or uploading to the web, so you can share your photos with the world.
Bring it all together with some start-to-finish edits. Erin will walk you through post-processing on two photos, each with a different set of challenges, to help you understand how every step works together. With this knowledge, you'll be able to apply the best edits to all your photos!