Photo-editing: Tips and tricks to enhance your images

I recently shared my thoughts on developing your own photographic style, following a visit to Sony World Photography Awards at Somerset House. There was some truly inspiring work on display and it got me thinking about the photo-editing tools and techniques you can use to help make your own photos really stand out.

We all have different ways of thinking and responding to the world around us. It’s these unique reactions and interpretations that can define your photographic style and set you apart from other photographers. If you’re new to the game, I’d recommend taking some time to experiment; take note of your surroundings and capture a variety of different types of photographs and try not to worry about how they will turn out at first. Your photographic craft will emerge from your creativity

Adobe has some brilliant photo-editing tools which can make your photographs look amazing, the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan, which includes both Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC as well as a variety of mobile apps, will allow you to perfect your style across any device, anytime, anywhere, and give you so much freedom to be creative along the way.

Lightroom CC has the guiding principle to mimic the traditional darkroom, but provide a precise, non linear and non destructive way to enhance your images. This essentially means that Lightroom will never touch any pixels, and will give you enormous creative freedom to get your pictures ready for publishing to the web/screen or mobile device.

Photo-editing in Lightroom

I wanted to share a few of my own personal tips when using Lightroom to edit your photos and really grab peoples’ attention:

Basic Panel

The basic panel in Lightroom CC is a great way to get your image ready for the post processing work. The basic panel allows;

Lightroom: Basic Panel


Lightroom has some amazing filters and fine adjustment control of the image;


Local Adjustments


Radial and Gradient Filters

Lightroom: Effects


The effects panel allows the Photographer to add old film grain to an image to give it more of a gritty feel. The post crop vignette allows the image to take on a slight edge burn which can be used to make the viewer really home-in on the image. The edge burn technique was highly popular in darkroom during the 50’s and was used by Ansell Adams to frame some of his landscapes. Of course, it is much easier and simpler to apply the effect in Lightroom!

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