We spend quite a bit of time studying how to perform more extreme edits, and while those techniques certainly come in handy quite a lot of the time, knowing how to create a simple, clean, natural-looking image is an important skill. Whether you're a beginner or more experienced, this great video will show you how to easily get that look in Lightroom.
Coming to you from Evan Ranft, this great video will show you how to create natural-looking edits for your images using only Lightroom. While modern digital cameras have loads of dynamic range and can stand up to some pretty extreme editing, we don't always have to push things to the absolute extreme, and often, a more subtle approach can be way more tasteful and desirable. One of the most important steps before you even begin editing is to really nail that exposure in camera. When you get the exposure dialed in correctly, you won't need to make extreme adjustments in Lightroom, and the file won't show any hints of you having done so, making it far easier to dial in a natural, organic look to the photo. Check out the video above for the full rundown of the technique, and remember that once you've done this, you can save your settings as a preset and easily apply them on import to lend your portfolio more consistency and make your post-processing workflow more efficient.