For the last four years I have been following some of the world’s most successful photographers, joining Facebook photography groups, and trying to fit into the styles that are ‘on-trend’ right now. You have all seen them, the desaturated greens and muddy tones, the very light photos with highlights so blown out you can’t even see details in a white wedding dress. I have tried them all.
Nothing fit me.
I felt like I was failing as a photographer because I couldn’t shoehorn myself into a ‘preset’ (a pre-bought shortcut that anyone can download to make their photo look good) and feel good about it.
A few weeks ago, I deleted all of my trendy presets and went back to the drawing board. I love color. I am sorry, but I can’t deny it any longer. I love green, I love grass looking like grass and not dead leaves. I love crisp images that give you all the feelings.
I created my own presets, infusing my imagery with sharpness and color, with a focus on pinks, reds, and greens. I fiddled with sliders in Lightroom until my eyes ached and my brain went on strike.
Now, I am unashamedly a colorful photographer, and I feel good about it. Now that I am happy with what I am producing, I feel my images have improved dramatically.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Learn your Lightroom and Photoshop and find the settings that make your heart happy and be unashamedly YOU.