Have you ever wondered what the editing process looks like for your photography session? At the end of a typical newborn session, I usually have about 300 images on my camera. After downloading all the files to my computer, the task begins of “culling” images. Culling is the process of sorting through the images and deciding which ones to save and which ones to discard. About two-thirds of the pictures are eliminated during the first round of culling. Many of these images may have been out of focus, or the lighting was slightly off, or I didn’t like the angle. During my second round of culling, I decrease my gallery from 80 photos to about 30. I look closely at each picture and choose the very best of each different “set-up” and pose.
And now, the fun of editing begins! As an experienced newborn photographer, I use a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit my images. I also use a combination of hand edits as well as Photoshop actions (from Greater Than Gatsby). I won’t go into detail of my entire editing process in this post, but I thought you might like to see a few Before & After shots! The pictures on the left side are what photographers call “SOOC” – Straight Out Of Camera. They have not been edited at all. The pictures on the right side are the final product, after I have adjusted color, lighting, skin tones, etc. What a difference!
If you are interested in scheduling a Newborn Session or Milestone Session for your little one, please contact me at photos@LVRportraits.com or call me at 717-344-9577.