One a Day: Editing
If you’re new here at SPS, we choose a photography topic and conquer it together every month in a tight knit, interactive format. We call it our Monthly Theme.
We have weekly tutorials, challenges, discussions, and a Zoom chat to dig in and make progress together. It just takes making photography progress to an entirely different level!
For the Love Your Edit theme, we also had a One a Day challenge throughout the entire month. Each day, the prompt related to editing. Watching videos and tutorials is one thing. But putting knowledge into action is what moves the needle. Hence the One a Day.
Even though this One a Day concluded, we wanted to include it here in case you’re up for going through the challenge on your own. IF you do, we promise you’ll get a lot better! Feel free to share your prompt results in the SPS community!
Oh and one more thing, if you miss a day (or a week), just keep going. No one says you have to complete every single prompt.
One a Day Prompt Notes:
Here’s some additional thoughts that might help re: the One a Day prompts!
First, Days 1-3 are all on you! It’s always fun to start with a before/after, then embrace both subtle edits AND dramatic edits.
Days 4-10 – Lightroom Basic Panel and Quick Tips
Days 4-10 were our first full week of the theme. It was all about getting comfortable with the basic panel sliders and all they have to offer! Also check out Kyle’s Basic Panel Overview from the Lightroom Fix.
This is where you start your journey to a vintage, black and white, moody edit, or bright and airy edit.
Another section in the basic panel is the histogram. Knowing about the histogram won’t make or break your editing skills, but is an item to be aware of. Check out this Histogram Overview if you want to wrap your mind around it once and for all!
That said, here’s some week 1 prompt notes:
Play with contrast in your image and see what dramatic punch you can give the image!
6. Good Save
Dig into those “oops” or “toss” folders and use your editing software to save an image that didn’t turn out like you hoped when it was shot.
8. Warm Edit
Play with the white balance and add some warmth to an image.
9. Cool Tones
Play with the colors and white balance to give the image a cooler tone to it, but be careful not to push skin tones too cold and blue!
Days 11-17: Tone Curve, HSL, Split Toning and Quick Tips
Week 2 is all about challenging yourself with the tone curve, HSL and Split Toning panels. A big part of these adjustments is bringing in color tones, moods, and depth to your edits. This is where your edits can go from a basic edit to a specific style. There are some great lessons in Lightroom Fix that can get you started on the details of these panels.
This week’s prompts will challenge you to play with these panels and give your image even more beauty!
17. Mood through color
Color can add emotion to an image, play around with split toning or the HSL Panel to bring a mood to your photograph.
Days 18-24: Adjustment Tools and Quick Tips
This week focuses on fine-tuning your edits with the use of brushes, graduated filters and radial filters. This is where tuning into the details makes all the difference. So get out your critical eye and start making small corrections that will make a huge impact!
Check out the lessons in Lightroom Fix that apply to this week’s challenges!
20. Sun-flare Add-On
Enhance the sunlight in your photo by using a radial filter that looks like the sun!
23. Low Key
Refer back to our Low Key Introduction for some tips!
Days 25-30: Photoshop and more!
Don’t worry, we still have some more Lightroom learning, but we also wanted to wrap up our Love your Edit month with some Photoshop fun!
Photoshop is another powerful editing tool. It can be overwhelming however, so we have asked some wonderful Photoshop gurus to give us some quick tutorials on how to give Photoshop a go! We have listed them after this week’s prompt list.
Gather all the tips you have learned in Lightroom and use them to create a moody edit for today!
27. Looks like film
Did you know Kyle Shultz has presets inspired by film types? Check them out here and give your edit a film look!
28. Spot Removal
Have you used this awesome tool yet? Clean up an image or take out a distracting image. Catch a how to here in both Photoshop and Lightroom.
Set the timer and give yourself 60 seconds to edit an image!
Show us your grand finale of a before and after edit! Have you found an editing style or an editing groove? Take a peek at your day 1 before and edit. Anything different? Tell us all about it!
Posting to Facebook
As we’ve said many times…even though this theme is complete, we’d still love to see your images over in the community! Share away!
Please make sure to post both the SOOC and the edited version so we can see the difference in your images. Make notes in the comments of what you did to enhance that image during editing. A screen shot of your most important editing tweaks in your editing software would be a great help, too! Check out our how to below.
Okay, final thing: here’s a couple quick tips for posting your images to our community:
**Note, it isn’t mentioned in the video above, but please hashtag your images #loveyouredit so we can find your images through that search! Thanks! **