How I Edit A Photo…the easy way.

I start with the raw photo. Most cameras let you change the photo compression, pick the smallest of the compression file types as it holds the most detail/data.

This is the photo I will start with, it’s in NEF format with no edits.

There is plenty of photo editing software to use, the one I am using is Camera Raw with Adobe, I am not sponsored by them.

Photo in Camera Raw.

We have the photo in the middle and on the right-hand side list all the changes I can make. Just play around with the slider, move it to the left and right to see how it affects the photo.

Screen shot of the edits made to the photo

See how different it looks. You can move the sliders around to find something you like or you can cheat and use the presets.

Preset Option follow the arrow.
I selected the Matte preset.

I selected Preset options and use the Matte preset but it’s still not right to me. I want more colors and a darker sky. I increased the Saturation for some more color on the foreground and then go for the graduated filter for the sky.

Select the edit option (red arrow) at top in order to return to previous screen.

The red arrow points to the edit icon to return to the previous screen, then select the orange arrow icon, Graduated Filter. You use the mouse to click hold and drag the filter down from top of the photo (green point) to the horizon (redpoint), I now have the whole sky in my filter. Everything you edit in this mode will only affect the area between the green and red dotted lines.

Again just play with the sliders

I took the Highlights, Shadows, White, and Black slides to the far left and the Contrast to the right. As you can see I now have a much darker sky but the grass and boardwalk have not been affected.

Below is the final effort. Keep in mind I made the files in this blog post small, like 1MB in order to save on loading time. So it has more detail in the 30MB file. Hope this helps.

Published by JMP traveler

I’m a world traveler and an amateur photographer, to date, I've visited six continents and twenty seven countries. Due to bills (and a desire to eat), I am forced to work a mundane nine to five job to pay for my true passion. This blog is a way for me to share my crazy creative side, to share my travel photos with cheeky stories, travel tips, or details on how the photo was taken. Come join me as we travel the world together, without having to leave the house or get out of your PJs.

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