Category Archives: Editing Tips + Tricks

An Easy Way To Add Snow To Photos During Editing

there is something so incredibly beautiful about snow.  even when it is nighttime and there is snow on the ground, it makes everything so bright and beautiful.  while i love everything about snow, i am a little hesitant to photograph while it is snowing because i get really nervous about my gear getting wet.  not…

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Why You Should Be Using The Reference View in Lightroom

this post contains affiliate links.  thank in you advance for supporting bethadilly photography. every photographer should be using the reference view in lightroom, it is a game changer when it comes to editing.  for most photographers, having a consistent editing style is a big struggle.  they feel like their exposure is all over the board,…

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4 Tricks To Catch Up On Editing If You’re Really Behind

so, it happened.  you are behind on editing and it seems like the possibility of catching up is far fetched.  most of the time, this occurs with our personal photos.  if you are in business like me, editing client images becomes a first priority and my personal images stack up, unedited.  after my daughter was…

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Editing Procrastination: Why Waiting To Edit Is A Good Idea

editing procrastination.  let me start this post off by saying that procrastination has never been in my vocabulary.  ever.  when i was a student and was given an assignment, i would complete it overnight…even when the due date was weeks away.  i don’t procrastinate.  i just don’t do it.  it’s not in my personality.  especially…

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How To Learn Lightroom + Photoshop

i always get a lot of questions as a photographer and one of the most common questions i’m asked is how i learned to edit.  one of the game changing moments in my journey as a photographer was learning how to use lightroom and photoshop.  and when i decided to learn lightroom and photoshop, i…

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  • Jennifer - you are wonderful! Thank you for sharing. If I were near you I’d buy you a big ole delicious Starbucks beverage!ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - awe, thank you so much Jennifer! and you are very welcome! i am happy to share my photography journey with you all! it’s just my little way of paying it forward! have a lovely week, girl! <3ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Great post! Thanks Beth! I work primarily in Lightroom but am self taught so there is tons I don’t know. I am definitely going to purchase these books to help my learning. Currently, I have Photoshop Elements but am thinking about switching over to full Photoshop. Did you purchase the programs or do you subscribe to the Creative Cloud services through Adobe. In addition, I just purchased a 13 inch Macbook Pro at an incredible deal but it only has 128 GB of hard drive space which I think you have as well. Do you feel these programs eat up a chunk of your memory?ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - hello kim! you will really enjoy the books! i edit all my sessions on my laptop, and once they are completely edited, blogged, and given to the client, i move the sessions onto an external hard drive. i do this to both free up some space on my laptop, and for extra protection of the images in case something happens to my computer! i don’t feel like the programs themselves each up much memory, it is the high resolution files that will take up space. hope this helps! have fun with the adobe books!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Thanks Beth! I would love to see you do a post on how you organize your folders and images within Lightroom along with tagging. You have a great, clean and organized style we all would definitely benefit from. Organizing all my digital files is one task I am working towards this year.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Ortega Nerio - Great post! Thanks Beth! I work primarily in Lightroom but am self taught so there is tons I don’t know. I am definitely going to purchase these books to help my learning. Currently, I have Photoshop Elements but am thinking about switching over to full Photoshop. Did you purchase the programs or do you subscribe to the Creative Cloud services through Adobe. In addition, I just purchased a 13 inch Macbook Pro at an incredible deal but it only has 128 GB of hard drive space which I think you have as well. Do you feel these programs eat up a chunk of your memory?ReplyCancel

  • Kim Ortega Nerio - One more thing… I would love for you to do a post on how your files are organized in Lightroom. Computer organization is something I strive for this year. In my house, I’m crazy organized but not on my computer!! Any tips would help.:)ReplyCancel

  • Tara - Thanks so much for sharing! I feel like I’m where you were at just over a year ago or so. In November ’13 I bought my Nikon 3200 and a year later (November ’14) I upgraded to my Nikon D750. I’m struggling with editing now and am totally overwhelmed by Photoshop. I’ve got all these photos piling up that I feel like need editing but don’t know where to start. My Photographer Mentor here does everything in ACR and Photoshop and therefore recommends it for me. I’m wondering, how do you decide what to edit in Lightroom vs. Photoshop? I’m excited to continue following you on your journey as I continue on my own!ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - i edit every single photo in lightroom and only use photoshop when adding watermarks or making marketing materials. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Diane Carey - Thanks so much for sharing. A long time ago I was “fluent” in PS 4. I had followed a course on line. The lessons were very thorough, there were weekly assignments, and quizzes if one wanted a certificate of completion. I plan to move into Lightroom and am hoping these skills will be useful. I like having reference books. Your selection has narrowed the selection.ReplyCancel

  • Darlene Bernard - Thank you so much, Beth, for this information! I feel like I am right where you were at the start of your photography journey shortly after purchasing your first DSLR, down to the D3200. I downloaded the trial version of Lightroom 5 but have been so intimidated by it all so this makes me feel like I can actually conquer this! The Lightroom 5 book is now in my amazon cart! 😀ReplyCancel

  • manual mode confused me, until i read this » beth a-dilly - […] need some editing tips?  check out my post about how to learn lightroom + photoshop! […]ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - Where did you get this label maker for your tabs?! I love the look!ReplyCancel

    • {beth} a-dilly - thanks, hannah! i think you can get them anywhere. i bought mine ages ago at walmart, but i think target has one! you should definitely get one, it is a fun old school type look! i believe you can find them in the office supply or craft section! 😉ReplyCancel

  • video tutorial: watch me edit in lightroom » beth a-dilly - […] to read more about my story of how i became confident and built my skill with editing, be sure to read my post how to learn lightroom + photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • you ask, i answer. volume 2. » beth a-dilly - […] how did you find your editing style?  without a doubt, through practice.  more specifically, i pinpointed and strengthened my editing style during my 365 photography project on instagram last year.  when i started out the year, my editing style was so different than what it is today.  some of that has to do with editing fads, but a lot of it just had to do with the actual act of photographing and editing everyday.  i also really grew my editing style by learning lightroom and photoshop last january.  when i began editing in lightroom, it was a game changer for me and my photography.  if you would like to learn more about the textbooks that taught me my software skill, be sure to read my post about how to learn lightroom and photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • 10 gift ideas for photographers » beth a-dilly - […] 6.  adobe photoshop lightroom 5: classroom in a book  after going a little cross eyed trying to learn how to navigate lightroom, i purchased this book and it was a game changer!  not only is this book informative, but it is interactive and encourages you to be hands on and use the software as you are learning!  very quickly after reading this book, i found that i used the buttons in lightroom much more effectively and was editing photos confidently in the software.  to read a little more about this book and a similar one for photoshop, be sure to check out how i learned lightroom and photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • 5 Tips For Choosing Good Photos To Edit » bethadilly - […] need some help learning how to edit in lightroom?  be sure you read my post How To Learn Lightroom + Photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • Batch Editing : A Step-By-Step Guide » bethadilly - […] need some help learning more about lightroom?  check out how i learn to edit in lightroom + photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • Why You Should Be Using The Reference View in Lightroom » bethadilly - […] need help learning how to edit?  read more about how i learned to edit in lightroom + photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • 10 Photography Resolutions You Should Be Making - bethadilly - […] need help learning your software?  check out how to learn lightroom and photoshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • Instagram Stories: 5 Ways Photographers Can Create Them - bethadilly - […] need some help learning how to edit in lightroom?  check out how to learn lightroom + photoshop! […]ReplyCancel

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