Mistakes You're Making While Editing: Part 2

You don't have a base preset.⁠ ⁠ If you start from scratch EVERY single time, you're going to give yourself a headache and your edits are going to vary every time.⁠ ⁠ You should always have the same foundation for every single photo (and then tweak from there). You might have a preset that you love or you can create your own! (You do NOT have to purchase expensive presets or buy every one under the sun! You seriously CAN make your own base preset but you can also purchase someone else’s!)⁠

⁠ Things that should be in your base preset and the foundation of every photo:⁠ -Contrast⁠ -Highlights⁠ -Shadows⁠ -Whites and blacks⁠ -Tonal Curve⁠ -HSL sliders (again, juuuuust the foundation)⁠ -Clarity⁠ -Sharpness⁠ -Lens Corrections⁠ -Chromatic Aberration⁠ ⁠ I’m gonna say it again for the people in the back: THIS IS THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR IMAGES! You WILL want to tweak/alter settings depending on specific images and locations.⁠ ⁠ What you should NOT include on your base preset:⁠ -Exposure⁠ -White balance⁠ ⁠ Why not exposure? This is something that WILL change often and I’d rather start from scratch on this one based on how I shot in camera (rather than have to fix it)⁠ ⁠ And NO WHITE BALANCE. If you’re using Kelvin, expodisc, or gray card, you’re setting your WB in camera- why would you override that for an arbitrary LR WB?? Even if you use auto, white balance changes in each setting and will need to be adjusted on each photo.⁠ ⁠ Let me know if you’re using a base preset (what brand you like or if you made your own) or if you’re going to start using one today!!!!

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