Watch How a Photographer With Nearly 200,000 Subscribers Edits in Lightroom

Watching how others work is one way to improve. Watching how extremely successful people work is an even faster, better way to improve. In this video, watch how a very popular photographer edits images sent to him.

When you see photos you like and feel drawn to, as a photographer one of your natural instincts is almost always to wonder how they got the shot, what gear they might have used, what it probably looked like straight out of camera, and how they edited in post-production. Often these questions you wonder to yourself are to imagine whether you could do the same or not. While I don't think it's a good idea at all to simply copy people's work or their styles, it's always good to see the processes and methods that successful people use to create their work.

In this video, Nigel Danson, who boasts almost 200,000 subscribers on YouTube, walks us through some Lightroom edits he did on images that were sent to him. What's interesting is how he takes such a minimalist approach with his edits. To be honest, it's rather refreshing to see. Often, I feel like photographers can overdo things a little. Of course, if you're trying to get something abstract, then the world is your oyster, but if you're trying to retain is much realism as possible with your edits, sometimes less is more. Danson certainly proves that with his edits here. Check it out and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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6 Comments

Fristen Lasten's picture

Amazing Nigel. Thanks!

Thank you Nigel. Always good advice.

Tanzeel Ur Rehman's picture

nice

Ben Beer's picture

Nice video and really, in my opinion there should not be too much to do on a photo anyway. Get as much as possible right to start with and the post editing should only enhance what the photographer saw in their mind when making the photo.

Iain Stanley's picture

To a certain extent, I agree. To a lesser extent, I disagree. If your intent with the final image is to represent it as closely to what you saw, then yes, editing in post should be subtle and polite. However, if you intended to create some fantasmical parallel world image that used the initial exposure as a platform, then all bets are off as far as editing goes. I flip-flop in between. Sometimes, I let the image do the talking. Other times, I let my own weird world of my mind take over in post-production. Depends what your intentions are, in my view

Ben Beer's picture

Yeah, that’s fair enough