It took me years to figure out my workflow and how to use Lightroom. It can be intimidated when you first start working in the program, especially if you’re use to using Photoshop. I wanted to share some of my favorite little editing tips that I use for most weddings & sessions and that I implement into my preset packs (some of these anyways).
P.S. I’m in the develop mode in all of these examples.
The Previous & Sync Button
I’m a really fast editor when I have the time to sit down and do it, and the previous and sync button are some of the biggest reasons why. I don’t apply a preset when I import and I normally make a preset (based off of hex) for all the different color and lighting situations for a wedding.
I also edit in sections so if I’m going through the ceremony I’ll just hid the previous button as I go on to the next image and make minor tweaks if I need to.
If you want to batch edit, just select a group of images and then hit sync. If you’re using the sync button you’ll be able to control what copies over to the other images unlike the previous button.
Depending on the situation, this is what I normally have selected when I sync. If you’re in the exact same lighting in all of the photos then you could check the white balance and exposure tab as well.
Split Toning is one of the things I didn’t fully understand until I started making my own presets. I don’t think any of my presets would even work at this point without it. I love how you can add just a hint of color into the highlights and shadows to warm it up, cool it off, or to add some crazy colors.
I generally stick to a very light split tone so it’s not overwhelming, but please play around with it and find what works for you!
Another one of my favorite tools to use is the radial filter. You can add multiple into your images or just use one. I lovvvvveee how creamy they can make your photos/presets and I generally use them to add a touch of warmth to my photos + make everything look smooth.
I normally drag mine from one of the top corners down to cover the entire image evenly and some of the outside space as well.
You can use graduated filters for all kinds of fun things. I normally use them to create drama and to draw the eye towards my subject, but we’re going to be talking about using it for color.
If I’m shooting in a forested area or somewhere that the sun/rays are coming through and overheard I’ll use the graduated filter to amp up the golden color and make it more prominent. Adding in that warmth this way makes it a little bit more natural than using the flare filters in Exposure.
Like the radial filters you can use multiple on an image. I select outside of my photos and drag it in where I want to add shadows or color.
It’s not very prominent in these photos (I wanted to use the same session for all of my examples), but the graduated filter is one of my favorite tools in LR.
The Calibration Tab & Camera Profiles
The Calibration tab is at the bottom of the module in develop mode. This is so so handy if you’re having a hard time getting your colors right. For the longest time I would ignore this module and last year when I started developing more presets I wanted to utilize it a bit more. If I’m shooting outside in a really green space this can help save my skin tones from being green.
Camera Profiles are often overlooked as well. I leave mine on adobe color most of the time, but there are different options. Some of the built in profiles are more vivid or dull, but you can also purchase profiles as well.
Jacob Loafman has some pretty amazing light leaks and vintage film profiles available.