When I talk to other fashion bloggers, I always ask them a bit about their workflow for editing photos. Most tell me that they use Photoshop to edit their photos, but a surprising number have never even heard of Lightroom. That is surprising to me because Lightroom is the application that I use the most when I am editing fashion blog photos. While Photoshop is an amazing application for editing photos, it is only meant to work with one photo at a time, and it doesn’t give you the ability to organize your photos in any meaningful way.
Lightroom, on the other hand, allows you to import all your photos into one catalog, so that you can browse them, organize them, flag them, make edits, and then quickly export them at the appropriate size. Since it is an Adobe product, Lightroom also seamlessly, and non-destructively integrates with Photoshop, so that if you need to, you can quickly open up your photos in Photoshop and make more complicated edits there without having to worry about accidentally saving over and losing the original image.
Some photographers will tell you that it is important to get your photos right in camera. While that is true, to a degree, if I learned anything about photography during my 5 years managing a Photoshop and Lightroom website, it’s that if you really want to take your photography to the next level, it’s important to understand a bit about postproduction.
Recently, I wrote a guest post on Sleepless in Sequins called The Fashion Blogger’s Guide to Editing Photos. In that article, I explained a bit about my workflow for editing blog using both Lightroom and Photoshop. If you have a moment, check it out, and let me know what you think.