Finding your Editing Style
alright in this video, I want to talk about a few things you can do to find your own unique editing style. And these are three tips that I've come across throughout my time editing. And these three things have really helped me find my own editing style throughout my years as a photographer. So the first one is something I talk about in every single one of my courses. And that's fine inspiration. So go on websites like Pinterest, go on websites like instagram or apps like instagram. Um and just search and search for things that are beautiful to you, things that you like. Um and look at them with a keen eye, open them up, look at the colors, look at the exposure and try to figure out how that photo was edited. Um other colors. Natural. Did the photographer do much editing at all? I think about these things. Um and look at photos that you really love and think about them with their critical eye. You can also take those photos like I said, and open them up in programs like pantone, that re...
ally awesome app or in adobe color CC and look at the colors that they're using. And then take a keen eye and look at the exposure. Is it bright? Is it dark, et cetera? That's a great way to start to learn more about the editing process. The second tip I have is to mimic a lot of photographers out there? A lot of photography teachers will tell, you know, don't copy others. But in my opinion, I think copying others is the best way to learn. You're doing something that works and you're experimenting with it and you're trying and you're failing and you're just learning the process. I don't think there's anything wrong with mimicking other photographers because as you mimic, you're gonna learn so much, you know, you're gonna copy other photographers, you're gonna learn and then over time your style is gonna adapt and change. When I first started as a photographer, I didn't have my own style, I didn't know what I was doing, I just knew that there were photos out there that looked good to me and I wanted to create photos like that. So I tried to and I copied them. Um A lot of the shots that I took are similar. So I would go out in similar lighting conditions and try to capture the same shot. And I can tell you that I learned so much doing this so so much. And my style over time became very, very unique. So I don't think there's anything wrong um with finding photographers that you like photographers that you look up to and trying your best to mimic their work because over time you're gonna find your own style there. So so you find a photo, go out and try to shoot a very similar photo and then go into editing and try to edit a similar photo. Try to do a similar edit. You're gonna learn so much Throughout this process. The last tip I have is just to edit, you're not gonna get better unless you're editing often you should be editing as much as you can take one photo, edit it 10 different ways with 10 different color accommodations and ask your friends which ones they like over time you'll learn what other people like, you'll learn what you like. You can kind of combine those two things into your own specific style. Um If you don't have photos right now, um you don't have to be a photographer to be an epic editor. In fact you can edit other people's photos and there's this really awesome website called We saturate and we saturate has a ton of different raw photos that you can download and actually edit. So you can download these photos, import them into Lightroom Mobile and you can edit them on your phone to get you know, your own unique look on that photo. What's really cool about we saturate is that they provide for some of the images, they provide the raw photo and then they provide the edited photo that the photographer edited it to. So the jpeg based on the photographer's edit. So you can download that raw photo and then look at their their edit and try to match their edit and see if you can achieve the same kind of stylized look. That's a fantastic way to learn editing. And I highly recommend checking that website out. It's called. We saturate dot com. So those are just a few tips. But at the end of the day it's just gonna come with with trial and failure. Like everything you do in life, the more you do it, the better you'll get at it. So just continue to practice edit as much as you can. Um Try to experiment with different styles and I promise you in time you're gonna find your own unique editing style took me a few years but now I'm very happy with my style. Um But at the same time it's it's also continuing to change. So it's a it's a continuous process. You're just going to keep getting better. Um And I wish you the best of luck in finding your own style. But with that said let's move on to the next section.