Coffee with a friend.  An hour absorbed in a great book.  Sitting behind a glowing screen editing images.  Which of these is not like the other?

In this video tutorial, I want to show how easy and quick a clean edit can be.  Whether you’re a working pro or a happy hobbyist (or some combination of the two, like me!), there’s really no reason to trade living your life for hours sitting at the computer to post-process your images.

before and after Photoshop edit by Jodi Arego

Let me start by saying that having a solid SOOC image to start with is really your best bet for quick and efficient editing. It truly is. If you find that you’re constantly needing to fix significant exposure or white balance issues with your post-processing software, it’s time to get back to the basics to make sure that you’re able to produce consistently solid images in camera.  You’ll thank yourself for that.

Once you’ve got that part mastered, adding punch and polish to your image can be done in literally minutes.  Voila!  And if your vision for an image happens to call for more creative processing, you’ll want to have a nice, clean starting place to work from.  So, the process in this video is really for everyone.

In this example, I’ll take one of my client images from RAW format to final edit using ACR and Photoshop.  In ACR, I make global adjustments to exposure and white balance.  Then in Photoshop, I add depth and dimension using layers and masks.  I tend to make the same adjustments on all my photos, especially my client images, so I’ve even made an action using these steps that I can use to batch edit a whole session.

I get giddy about anything I can do to make my time behind the computer more efficient.  Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question!

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