Drum roll please! 🙂 I’ve been wanting to write a post to answer some of our FAQs and shine a little light on how we do things behind the scenes here, so here goes! I plan on making this a series of sorts, to share our editing tricks and shooting techniques, so I wanted to start by telling you a little about our style. All of our editing is done in Photoshop and Lightroom with 90% of edits done in Lightroom. Sarah and I prefer to shoot with natural light when we can, but will pull out the flash when needed to get it right. We believe you should learn to get it right in the camera first, then use your editing software to either get creative or help the image “pop.” Too many people just shoot away thinking in the back of their minds, “It doesn’t matter; I can fix it in Photoshop.” I know…I used to be guilty of this! We use a collection of actions and presets that we’ve either found free on the Internet, purchased or created to speed up our editing time and shorten our turnaround. Presets are used as a starting point, and then we tweak them further to get the results we are looking for. Below is a “before & after” look at what you can accomplish with one click in Lightroom.
We almost always shoot with a wide open aperture because we are sticklers for crisp eyes and also like to keep the focus on the subject by softening the backgrounds. I also shoot with my ISO up higher than necessary sometimes to give the images that grainier film look. This can also be done in Lightroom, but again, let’s get it right in the camera! I will go more in depth on our editing soon, but just wanted to get the ball rolling for now. I promise these will get better and more informative as we go on, so keep commenting with your questions and ideas, and I will do my best to get your questions answered.