Hey everyone! So this is the first post of hopefully many more to follow with a closer look into my photography based on questions and comments provided by my Instagram followers and hopefully a few of you on here as well!
First things first.. I would just like everyone to know that I am completely self taught and do things completely my own way in what has and what hasn’t worked for me in the past. Starting out is rough.. you know it, I know it.. I’m not a book learner, I simply learn by trying my best.
I hope this helps others out there who, like myself, desperately search for answers, who try to make the best with what they are given!
Today’s Question provided by @Gema_preciosa on IG
What’s a basic edit you like doing on your raw files?
Great question! To put it simply, I actually don’t have any one specific edit that I batch edit my photos with. After every set I import all photos into Lightroom and from there I quickly go through them by flagging the ones that instantly catch my eye. Once I finish going through the set I start making custom edits on various images, making lightroom presets as I go, so that I don’t limit myself to any one specific look. I mess with exposures, highlights, shadows, etc. and after I get through about 5-10 images I start to really get an idea of how I want the feel of the set to come across to my audience. I like to listen to music when I do this because this is truly my favorite part of the post-process and where I feel I have the most control over how the final image will look. It’s not rare that I end up with 15-20 presets PER photoshoot and I think that works fine for me because when I shoot something similar or want another shoot to look similar, I know exactly what presets to turn to to get that “basic” edit.
From there I work on cropping my images and then start color setting the images I know for sure I want retouched and color corrected in photoshop. Here’s what that looks like
Here I’ve gone through and flagged the images
Here I’ve started to make presets specifically to “Christine.” Again, this is just something that I do that I’ve found works for me. It’s an easy reference to a specific styling of lighting and exposure that I will refer back to when I shoot something similar but still making those image specific adjustments. I’ve also started to crop and at this point I will export to photoshop.
Once in photoshop I will do basic retouching
And lastly I will do some minor exposure adjustments and color correcting with a whole lot of dodging and burning. It’s not rare that my mood or outlook will change mid-way through editing a set so I just kind of go with it. Once I finish one image from the set I use the same photoshop document for the rest of the images from that set so that they are all cohesive.
I hope this was helpful in some way to someone out there! If you would like to submit a question or a comment please email me at Info@Tiffany-Fortier.com or follow me at on @TiffanyFortier IG :)