Let me guess, you’ve stared at a picture you’ve edited a thousand times and thought, “Ugh, it’s still not right!” Well, we’ve all been there. I can’t think of one photographer who didn’t struggle with finding their editing style. Oh, and guess what? Your style may change and evolve and there’s nothing wrong with that! So without further ado here are three tips to help you find your photo editing style.
Tip #1: Do What Makes You Happy!
When scrolling through social media, some images speak to you more than others. Whether it’s a moody image with darker shadows and blacks or a light and airy image with raised highlights and whites, certain edits resonate more with you. Even if you like and appreciate an image your style will be the style that makes you happiest. When you’re editing your images think about what makes you smile the most. You’ll finish editing an image and think, “Wow, I love this.” If you aren’t getting that reaction, then that is not the style for you.
Tip #2: Make Your Own Presets
When I first started editing my images I wanted to play around with a lot of different presets. So, I did! I knew I was attracted to a preset that made skin tones look even and had a more natural look to them. I couldn’t find the perfect preset so I created my own. I took what I liked about other presets and combined them into my perfect preset. The preset looked great with every picture I applied it to after a few adjustments. After my first one, I created several others and now I use those presets when editing. If you don’t know what a preset is or how to create one, click here.
Tip #3: Find Mentors and Photography Friends
When you’re first starting out there are those certain people you happen upon and absolutely fall in love with. You love their images, you love their brand, and you love their personality. If you are inspired by someone, find out if they have a mentorship program! I offer mentor sessions and I have affordable options for those just starting out. I love talking about editing and I will work one-on-one with you to help you improve your editing. Click here to review your options for my mentor sessions. If hiring a mentor isn’t in the cards right now, make sure to make photography friends! Reach out to photographers in your area and ask them out for coffee. It may be out of your comfort zone, but making friends who love what you love will drive you to be more creative.
In summary, everyone struggles with finding their editing style, you are not alone! I hope you take these tips and apply them to your own life or business. So, go out there and do what makes you happy, make your own presets, and find photography mentors or friends. Let me know if this blog was helpful for you by contacting me! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see my latest images, behind-the-scenes and my everyday life!