The secret to consistent editing
You have a photographic voice.
Dont let those mysterious words make you feel like you don't know what you're doing or like you're some fauxtographer. You have a photographic voice. We just need to discover it!
The secret to consistent editing is a COLOR BOARD.
Step One: Collect Your Favorite Images
Create a Pinterest Board and pin your favorite images. Take a look at your own photos - or even another photographer whose style speaks to you.
Quick note about copying...
Copying is a sensitive subject because it's not super cool. But collecting images that you love so that you can see what they all have in common isn't copying. It's research. It would be different if you were trying to replicate someone else's image. But you're not! So rest assured that this is totally fine.
Step Two: What do these images have in common?
There's a reason you selected all of these images. What do they have in common? Do they share the same coloring? Is it a time of day thing? Is it about contrast or exposure? Is it about a lighting situation?
Write your answer down and pick 3 words to describe the work you're looking at.
Step three: Select images for your color board
I first learned the term, "color board" when I filled out a form for my film lab. A lot of labs ask you to send in the type of images that you love. Their team can then try to match the color and contrast to the images that you really love.
Think about the color board as a way to communicate your creative vision to the photo editor.
Narrow your images down to 6-8 images for the last step.
Step four: make a color board
You can use a tool like Photoshop, Lightroom, BlogStomp or In Design to make the collage. Or you can get your hands on my Color Board Templates for Lightroom.
They are super easy to use and you can choose between Minimalist, Modern and Traditional styles — all styles included in the Color Board Templates.
Drag and drop your favorite images to the template
Export the template with a couple clicks
Open the color board every time you edit in Lightroom
Get the color board templates and compare every photo you edit to your favorite images. Hello, consistent editing!
I hope this simplifies and speeds up your editing workflow! I love opening the color board in preview and place it to the right of Lightroom while we're editing. Then I can compare the edits to the look I’m going for.
You and me both! Pin this image so you can come back to it anytime.
Name your board "Light & Airy Photo Tips" so we can find your favorite posts!
How you photograph each session is really important, too. But that's a topic for another day! Edit, on!