“Honestly, I hate editing. I love the end-result, but it’s painstaking!” – Me in 2013
Since my post about the allusive ‘getting it right in camera’ search. I have had an overwhelming response in regard to post processing workflows, Lightroom and Photoshop editing techniques and tips.
I recall trying to learn Lightroom and Photoshop for the first time and staring at them for 30 minutes in mass confusion, clicking on a couple buttons thinking “Cool… Soooo… Now what…?”
I didn’t know which one to open first!
Why on earth are there 2 programs!? There is a ANOTHER library!? Excellent! Another location for my disorganised images to reside in. Oh Joy.
Who has time for this?! I could barely keep up with downloading my ‘definitely-failed-to-get-it-right-in-camera’ images from my memory card.
It didn’t take long to become overwhelmed with the endless photography tips, editing tricks and shortcuts from my google search results. “5 ways to blah blah blah” Oh! But that post has “10 ways to blah blah blah”!? is 5 or 10 better? Wait a sec! There are “25 things you MUST know!”. I better put the kettle on.
Did all these people know all this stuff already? Was I that far behind? I compared myself to others on a daily basis and wondered if I was actually any good at this?
It was Information overload!
So, I stopped. Literally stopped. My all too expensive high end DSLR was carefully tucked up inside its cushiony abode left to hibernate until I learned all I could about Lightroom and Photoshop.
But why?! What did “learning all I could in Lightroom and Photoshop” mean? How was I going to define this? Easy… To develop my workflow so it could keep up with the images I shot without sacrificing quality.
I was tired of having a backlog of images to edit, not knowing where to even start, or how to know if the image was even finished!? Part of me was expecting to see a ‘click here to get that professional look’ button!
Sure, I could purchase some Lightroom presets and be ready to go….
- “But what if I could learn to do it better than that?”
- “That’s not my own style…”
- “What if the presets don’t work out well with my images?”
- “How do I learn to tweak them?”
- “What do I even tweak!?”.
Perhaps this was my natural curiosity talking or maybe my desire to be in complete control of my photographs. Regardless, I wasn’t going to settle for less than perfect for my images and for that I decided to learn Lightroom and Photoshop.
Did this camera sacrifice hamper my photography evolution?
There is no doubt it did! I am the first to admit to my ‘DSLR inadequacies’, however, putting my camera to sleep created space, it allowed me to focus and my understanding of editing with Lightroom and Photoshop flourished.
I wouldn’t be able to bring the best out of my photos like I can today had I kept battling my way through the distractions and overwhelmed states. Would I recommend doing this? Don’t be a silly billy! Of course I wouldn’t!! It’s a terrible idea! I am just a weirdo.
So why are you telling us about it? Because I wanted to share, from my experience, that by creating space, however small, provides a foundation for possibilities to flourish, capacity for knowledge to grow and creativity to prosper.
Ps. There is a fine example of some post processing work below that brought the best out of what was a pretty terrible image!
So, what about you? If you’re ready to understand how to use Lightroom and Photoshop to craft awesome images then click here now and get started.