Lightroom Tutorial: How to Create a Clean Edit of an Indoor Portrait

Julia Trotti has consistently delivered high-quality tutorials, giving good, insightful descriptions of what she's doing and why she does it, and this tutorial is no exception.

Quite frankly, there are so many tutorials out there, so many presets you can buy, and so many different ways to edit that it can sometimes be difficult to know which ones to check out and which ones to leave alone. I would highly recommend giving this video a watch, because though it may seem like another simple Lightroom edit, Trotti gives valuable insights into what she's seeing in the shot and talks about these reasons as she navigates the edit.

Editing can be laborious, tedious, frustrating, and even exhausting. I have found that the best way to navigate an edit is to make sure you have a very specific reason for why you do each thing you do. Instead of blindly clicking on a preset, have a purpose for each adjustment to color, for each modification to contrast, and for each time you add something to the shot that wasn't there like, say, a vignette. If you can do just that, provide a purpose for each thing you do while editing, then you end up creating your own style and a much stronger one at that than simply slapping on a preset and calling it good. This is precisely how Trotti demonstrates her editing techniques by explaining what she sees in her shot and explaining the solutions she finds to these areas that need adjustment. So, give it a watch; you might just learn something new, even if you're already a longtime Lightroom user.

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6 Comments

Alvis Rozenbergs's picture

Such a poor tutorial.

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

How so? You shouldn't leave a shit comment without an explanation.

jon snow's picture

I agree, Lets just play with the sliders in Lightroom and see what looks best. She says let's just sharpen the photo a little bit because it was shot at f3.5...... WTF... How about bouncing some of that window light back at the model instead of blowing the F... out of the window. Or are modern day photogs so lazy they just buy expensive cameras and fix in photoshop/lightroom. There's your explanation David Stephen Kalonick .

John Dynia's picture

I will say that as an old-time film guy trying to work in digital I want to throw up every time I hear "we'll fix it in post".Sure we used to burn and dodge in prints but if you shot transparencies what you shot was what you got. And I miss that. I watch the videos and hear Lee and Patrick and Elia and everyone else talks about the post-processing of the images and it seems more and more like photographic skill no longer matters. That's why it's refreshing for me hear Dixie Dixon talk, she started in film and tries to get it right in Camera, the same with Ann Liebovitz.