The one or two questions I hear a lot as a Lightroom & photography instructor are “how do you know what to do when you’re developing a photo” and “where do you begin?” — in this video, I’m trying to provide ONE possible answer.
I based the video on a more “documentary”, mid-morning light landscape photo from one of my recent hikes because I think it’s easiest to convey this particular approach, which is based on an “evaluation” as the starting point for work in Lightroom’s Develop module.
The three cornerstones are:
- Choose a good camera profile as the starting point
- Evaluate the white balance for plausibility
- Use the histogram to see whether the representation of tones matches what the photo should show
I hope that with this simple example photo, the video illustrates that approach well.
This is a really quick way of developing one’s photos, but with all my yapping and the explanations, the video somehow got more than 10 minutes long — my original idea was to create “Lightroom Shorts” that are ideally under 5 minutes…
And then in the end, I forgot to do the before/after comparison (with the backslash \ key in the Develop module), of course. Duh! So as an added value :) for my loyal blog readers, here’s this comparison: