Hey Photographer… so you’re frustrated and fed up with the editing process, right? You are ready to solve the most common photo editing mistake photographers make. You are ready to finally have the secret sauce. Well, I’ve got it friend! I’m going to tell you how I cracked the code on sun-kissed skin tones and dreamy backgrounds in my photos.
I know you are likely well versed in the basics of Lightroom Classic, and that you have tried out a preset or two (or ten) before. So, why aren’t your photos magically transforming (*ahem* “in one click”) into that signature edit that you are hoping to achieve?
Two things are happening:
The most common photo editing mistake is not taking advantage of separating your subject from the background with masks in Lightroom Classic.
It’s important to use masks so that we can make local adjustments to our client’s (the subject mask) that do not affect the background, and vice versa. We want to make Local Adjustments, not Global Adjustments. Think of it this way… I need to warm up a photo for my client’s skin to reflect the true-to-life sun-kissed skin she had at the beach. But, when I do this the WHOLE photo gets warmer, not just her skin (this is a global adjustment). So, now I have an ocean that’s less of a dreamy cool blue and is more of a warm green blue. We want to fine tune each area of the photo as needed (local adjustments), which is totally possible when we separate those areas of a photo with a mask. Yay!
Adobe has made creating a mask in Lightroom Classic so easy. They know how important it is to have access to local adjustments in the photo editing process. In the fall of 2022, Adobe released its latest version of Lightroom Classic (version 12.0) and introduced new AI-powered masks. The AI can automatically select people, objects, and backgrounds in your photos with just one click. It is also still possible to manually select areas to mask with a brush, radial and linear gradients, and range masks. You can also use the mask amount slider to adjust the power of the masks adjustments all at once.
Here are the steps to create a mask:
Now you have a mask for your subjects and a mask for your background. You can click on each individual mask to locally adjust: white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, texture clarity, dehaze, hue, saturation, sharpness, noise, moire, defringe, color, and curve.
This way, you are no longer making global adjustments that wash your entire photo in the same effect, but you are fine tuning each area of your photo to bring it to life in the most beautiful and efficient way possible.
I totally get it — written tutorials and reading step-by-step instructions on editing aren’t fun. So I can totally relate to not feeling in the mood to dig deep and reread those instructions to solve your most common photo editing mistake.
You read that right! I’ve created and am now sharing my personal presets and my streamlined editing workflow with you. Why does this solve your problem? Because my preset is preloaded to create a subject and background mask every time it is applied to your photos! Woohoo! You don’t ever have to think about creating those masks. It’s all done for you. The masks are already loaded with the most common adjustments that I need in my subject mask and my background mask, but my editing course also explains in simple detail how you can make further adjustments to achieve your signature editing style.
Don’t think just because other presets have let you down that this is going to be the same rodeo. I’ve intentionally bundled my presets with an editing course to ensure you know how to fine tune every photo to meet your signature editing needs.
I believe that simply using a preset is not enough; we must understand how the preset is affecting our photos and how we can adjust those settings to achieve the desired results. With my course, you’ll have the knowledge and tools to create truly stunning, eye-catching images every time. Plus, with my editing workflow, you’ll have a clear roadmap to follow so that you can achieve consistent, dreamy edits every time.
Head over and enroll for my Presets & Editing Course (*wink* so you can have ALL of my secrets, and edit just like me!).