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Old 04-08-2011, 16:00   #1 (permalink)
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When I edit my photos, I never know where to start. Red Eye, saturation levels, layers, etc. Is there a sequence that works well for all types of photos? Is there a sequence that is better for landscapes? One that is better for portraits?
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Old 04-08-2011, 16:45   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

To a certain extent, this will depend on how you want to work. For me the basics would be levels, curves, maybe saturation and the all-important sharpening. For more advanced processing it would start with white balance and might include selective adjustments to different parts of the image.

As you get more experienced in processing, you will find that you will develop your own work flow that suits your images.
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

You ask 3 questions,
1. All types,,Graham answered that one just right.
2. Landscapes then 3 portraits.

I would say white balance for portraits first, I would also say mainly because the skin tones are important. Landscapes is a hard one for me to say because other then sharpness there is so much creativity going on. I failed at trying to come up with a set of 1 2 3 adjustments because I started to get really picky. I will tell you that the first thing I see in a picture when I open it is a color cast, . I just do. My short answer would be to adjust until it looks good to you and your happy with it. At least for me it has made it easyier and I enjoy not getting bogged down over little things most people do not even notice. Have fun, messing around in photo editing programs is one of the joys in life, that might sound sad but it's true.
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Old 04-08-2011, 18:50   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

I shoot everything in Raw and try to do as little as possible outside of ACR unless I want effects. Usually I only check the white balance and then the contrast using the curve tool. Once I'm happy with it in ACR I open a copy, do any filters I want and then sharpen if needed.

Obviously you can play about for hours and sometimes I do but that's my basic routine.

I don't really do portraits though so that may be a whole different ball game.
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

my work flow is the same for everything up to a point.
open in lightroom to do raw conversion......
I work down the sliders so check WB correct any colour cast
check exposure maybe tweak the blacks and the fill lighting.... add some clarity then i export as a TIF

then i open in PS to do any other adjustments although levels should have been taken care of in lightroom, i always check them again, then curves, never ever touch saturation and depending what im doing i would finish with USM.

Portraits i very often go into portrait pro to just finish them off but its dependant on the image.
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

I always start with the elephant in the room.

Some photographs there is just something glaringly obvious that just needs to be done...
From the foot that appeared to power lines, or even the occasion human being that jumped into shot....

Start with what YOU think is important...
Otherwise, if you stick to a routine, you go through all that work and find that editing out something just doesnt work so you have wasted your time?...
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Re: Photo Editing Sequence

I don't really do anything in any particular order (not very helpful I realise!) as it'll vary with each image. But I do a little at RAW and take it from there - but always end with a full size version for printing and then resize and sharpen for website display
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There are lots of tutorials on here and on the net. Look for adobe.com I think. You pick out what you can use and want to use. It takes a while to find what works for you.
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Most of my pictures are in jpeg (I do raw as well) so its 1 levels 2 clone 3 burn tool 4 just maybe saturate 5 sharpen, then have a long hard look at the result and if it dont look right then its repeat and sometimes repeat again........then save as, and resize later.....
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I always start with the RAW file & adjust as needed and then in photoshop start with whatever seems to be the biggest thing that needs doing.
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Excellent advise! Thanks!!
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