When you're editing your pictures, it's important to find a style that works for you. That doesn't mean you have to use the same filters and editing tools every time, just that there's something consistent about your photos when they're done. I have several different styles that I love using—some of them are subtle while others are more dramatic and edgy—and learning how to find my own photo editing style has been fun! Here are some tips on how to find youars:
Figure out your strengths.
You should also identify your strengths. If you're good at shooting in low light, perhaps that's a starting point for your style. You can also look to the work of other photographers who do similar things as you and see how they handle their images and what kind of aesthetic they choose to present. Look for common trends and try to figure out why those trends exist—there's probably an underlying reason why so many photographers shoot in black-and-white or use soft focus, for example.
Know the purpose of your photos.
Knowing the purpose of your photos will help you determine how much editing is appropriate. For example, if you are creating a photo book, you want to make sure that the style of each photo is consistent throughout. It’s also important to know what kind of message you want to send when sharing your photos with others.
A good way to figure this out is by asking yourself: "Who am I showing this picture to?" If it's just for fun and personal use, then there's no need for perfect lighting or editing! But if it's going on Instagram or Facebook where people may judge based on appearance alone, then go ahead and do some minor adjustments so that your pictures look great (and not like they were taken with a potato).
Experiment with presets.
If you're just starting out with photo editing, presets can be a great way to experiment and see what kind of edits appeal to you. They are also a good place to start when building your own style. You won't know what looks best until you try it!
When looking at presets, keep in mind that they're meant to showcase the filters within Lightroom. The difference is subtle but important: presets are meant as starting points that become more refined by adding your own touches after applying them—and sometimes even before applying them if they have more than one layer!
Find your go-to filters.
You should also use filters to enhance your photos. Filters can make a huge difference in how your image looks, and there are tons of different ones available. If you’re just getting started with photo editing, try out some presets that come with the app or software you like to use. You don’t have to stick with them forever, but they will give you an idea of what kinds of edits work for your style.
As a starting point, try out more natural presets, for example Natural presets, it gives a subtle, clean, bright look.
Play with the editing tools.
One of the first things you’ll learn when you start playing around with photo editing software is that there are lots of tools for making changes. Some of these tools will sound familiar—they’re just like the ones you use in your word processing program. But other tools, like Levels and Curves, have names that might sound confusing if you’ve never used them before.
If you want to learn more about all those different editing possibilities, then check out our article on how to use Photoshop's Curves tool or take a look at this excellent tutorial on using Levels in Lightroom: [https://www.lightroom-school.com/how-to-use-the-levels-tool].
A great way to get started with Photoshop (or any other photo editing software) is by experimenting with each tool and seeing how they work individually and together on a photo. Try changing the settings on each one until it looks good enough for your tastes—and then try changing them again!
You might need to experiment for a while to find what works for you but that experimentation can be fun.
The first step to finding your photo editing style is experimentation. Try out different things, ask for help if you need it, and don't be afraid to fail. The more you practice the better your photos will become.
One of my most important pieces of advice when it comes to experimentation is not to worry about whether or not what you're doing is going to work out in the end. You never know what might happen when you try something new until it actually happens so just let yourself go with whatever flows naturally instead of thinking too much about how each step could affect the outcome (if one even exists).
While it’s easy to get stuck in a rut when editing, remembering that experimentation is key can keep you from getting bored. It might take some trial and error, but finding your style is well worth the effort.