Over the weekend, I was spending a lot of time analyzing some of my favorite bloggers’ pictures and trying to figure out just what made them so great. While they each have distinctive styles, some of the things that struck me were the beautiful composition of each photo as well as the breathtaking use of color.
While I have a long way to go before I develop some great composing skills (hi, I’m too much of a ham at the moment), I did figure out a way to really punch up the color in all the right places. For so long, I’ve been de-saturating my pictures, trying to make them look more “vintage,” but I’ve realized how important it is to use color to draw the eye in. After some careful Google research, I learned about the Vibrance slider in Lightroom. When you use this tool, it adjusts the least saturated colors so they stand out a bit more. What’s great about it is that it usually leaves your skin tone alone, so you don’t look unnatural. In my case, I’m my normal pasty self, but my sweater and the embroidery on my belt stand out more than ever! I can’t wait to work on more shoots so I can edit them with this new trick!
What about you? Do you have some special tricks that you use to edit your photos?