Erika Thornes doesn’t recommend using presets to edit kids photos in Lightroom. Presets often don’t work well if they aren’t built for your specific camera and shooting style. Photos of children can often be over edited if presets are used. Erika recommends making your own presets and saving them instead of using pre-made presets.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at presets.…Generally, presets shouldn't be your first go-to option,…and here's why.…They're a lot of fun to play with,…but they really are a rough draft,…because for the most part, they won't be a good fit…for your specific subject and lighting.…So they certainly can be used,…but they will require a lot of tweaking.…So let's look what happens when we use a preset.…All right.…Here's a pretty great, easy, nice photo of my daughters.…I actually haven't applied any changes to it,…and it's pretty good.…But if we apply a preset ...…I'll grab some of mine right here.…
It might increase the contrast too much,…or it might throw off the white balance a little bit,…and it just doesn't quite…look as good as it even did before.…So presets can be used absolutely,…but maybe not for this image.…Let's reset that one.…All righty.…So even if we move onto an image like this that we know…is underexposed, it still doesn't quite work.…See how it just adds more onto that white balance?…It's something that we'd have to tweak and play with…
In this course, photographer Erika Thornes shows how to review a kid photo shoot to find the best shot of the bunch. Then, she dives into Lightroom and Photoshop and details a variety of retouching challenges and solutions—including cleaning up that messy nose.
- Selecting and editing the hero shot
- Making a clean edit in Lightroom
- Adjusting exposure and white balance
- Cropping images
- Working with layers and masks
- Using Photoshop to remove stray hairs, brighten eyes, and remove scabs
- Swapping faces in Photoshop