Want continuity in your imagery? I use Lightroom, and you? [inc. free stock pics]

Want continuity in your imagery? I use Lightroom, and you?

How’s it going? Vacation plans? We’re staying home this summer and travelling in the Autumn. We do have two weeks coming up though. We’ll be spending our time here in Rotterdam and the surrounding area. There is certainly enough to do here!

Lately I’ve been going through my photographs that I had edited before I learned to edit in Lightroom. Lightroom is still not easy for me, I sometimes have to walk away and try again later. I’m getting better at it and am happy with the results lately. Not only have I improved with my photography over the last few months but editing is always taking a new direction.

Do you use Lightroom? If not, what is your editing process or preferred software? And the question I really want to ask is ‘Do you wish you could recall all your photos so you can re-edit them?’. I do! I was glancing over my Unsplash page and came across the image below. It is so flat and not interesting. The one on the right is edited warmer than I’d like but I love how the carrot cake and the fork really appear. They look more like the original items than the first edit.

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original edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
Lightroom edit

As I was busy today with a travel stock photography collection I came across some photos from Morocco that were really nice but they had been processed so differently that they didn’t fit nicely into a bundle. So me being me I dropped the stock travel issue collection and started on this post. I’ve shown below the photographs before and after editing them with my presets.

Below images out the free stock photography bundle available in original edits & Lightroom versions.

original edit in Photoshop
edited in Lightroom
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original edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
Lightroom edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
original edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
Lightroom edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
original edit
Visual Stories NL Lightroom Edits + Free stock photography bundle
Lightroom edit

The original edits aren’t bad, in fact some are really good. It’s just important for me to try to have a consistent look. Continuity is something I’ve always struggled with. By editing images in the same style I find that it makes each photo even more personal. 

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Will I ever release presets? Maybe if I ever feel comfortable with the results and consistency. I found that the most difficult, though with my newly taken photographs it’s much easier since I know how the camera settings work, my end results are more consistent. This makes editing so much easier!

I feel I’ve taken giant leaps as far as my technique, compositions and post-processing skills. A half year ago I didn’t know what 95% of the settings on the camera ever were and I loathed Lightroom *facepalm* I’ve got a long way to go but am loving every step I take!

a half year ago I didn’t know what 95% of the settings on the camera ever were

edited in Lightroom

Did you see my Insta post about the Rotterdam Instagram Portrait Meet-up last Sunday? I went with Cierra (my daughter) and we had a great time. Being around like-minded enthusiasts feels good and is inspiring. As it says in the post I was out of my comfort zone but now I can’t wait to take more portraits!

Because Cierra has to acquire new gear for her camera she didn’t have a good lens for portraits. I let her use my 50mm and I rented a tamron 24-70 2.8 canon di vc af usd vc g2, not because it’s great for portraits but because I was considering purchasing it. It’s a great lens. I’m just not sure it’s for me with the exception of vacation, I think I’d prefer the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Canon. Most of the photos I take are of food and interior. Lately I’ve wanted to work on my signature style and take more dreamy photographs and I’m wanting to shoot portraits so the Sigma 85mm 1.4 is perfect. I’m going to be renting it soon and give it a go. It’s not exactly inexpensive so I need to be sure if it’s for me. I will be renting the 24-70 for vacations!

Curious about the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Canon?

The extraordinary Agnieszka Konkol shoots a lot with the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Canon and her style is amazing. I’m going to have to up my game to get to this level but I’m up for the challenge. I will still go for brightly, warm edited photos but the dreaminess of her photographs are something I want to lean towards.

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The original edits can be found here.

The EDITED versions can be found here.

That’s it for today. I’ll probably not be posting a diary this week because many of the photographs I’ve taken aren’t meant for publishing (privacy reasons). You can see them in my Instagram Stories! I’ve highlighted them to make them easier to find.

Enjoy your week. If you’re experience extreme weather like we are stay hydrated and keep cool if you can!

XoXo

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