Here’s a nice little Lightroom tutorial from landscape photography pro Mark Denney that he says will help solve a common problem when post-processing your photos. It’s all about knowing the right time to say when editing your photos as shown in the video below.
“In this week’s episode, we discuss something that solved my biggest photography problem when it came to post-processing landscape photos,” says Denny.
“Photography has a lot of ups and downs as you go along the path of improvement, but one of the things I still struggle with is deciding when I am adding too much of something in my editing process or when I am adding too little of something else. Usually the reasons are The main ones for me are contrast, vibrancy, and white balance as I always seem to do that or do more in my initial photo editing.”
So, if you have trouble applying too much editing to your photos in Lightroom or, on the other hand, if you find yourself applying too little processing to your shots, Denney has a quick fix for you.
“This is a little trick that helped me a lot,” he explains while showing one of his photos in Lightroom. “So this is my base edit, this is where I am at now and I like the way it looks. But if I hit command and apostrophe, what I would do is create a virtual copy. You can see this here at the top: Copy 1.”
What this does is it gives you a frame of reference to show you what the image was like before you started making all the editing. Then all you have to do is hit the C hotkey to compare, which will show you the before and after shots side by side. These two comparison snapshots will help you determine if your image needs further editing, or if you have gone too far in processing and need to reorder it on your image.