The ReEdit: Culling Down 83 Images to 14 Good Ones In Adobe Lightroom

One of the biggest problems a lot of photographers have is the culling and editing process–but it's pretty simple to do in Adobe Lightroom. One of the biggest things I tell people is to become vulnerable to their own photos–which is a big part of today's tutorial video. So in this episode of the ReEdit, I take around a half hour to cull down 83 images to somewhere in the 20s. Then I do another cull and bring that number down to 14. In the end, I chose 13 out of the 83. That's still a pretty high keeper rate and with 83 photos I didn't need to overshoot at all. I didn't feel the need to and everything was simply working well. After this I do edits on the photos.

The ReEdit: Episode 2 Video

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Sample Photos

These images are from our Tamron 85mm f1.8 Di VC USD review, and the model is Natalie Margiotta. She's gotten to become fantastic at this and brings a ton of energy that is still easy to work with on set or on location. We did three different looks in a number of locations and after 83 images I genuinely didn't feel the need to overshoot because everything had come out really well. What you'll see is that a lot of the images have Natalie more or less centered. The reason for this is because it generally makes it easier for a model to work with a scene and be more fluid. That also lets me crop down later since there are so many megapixels. As you'll see in the video, I certainly do crop a lot in some situations. But in other situations, I decided that the environment is pretty important to the story. So what do you do in that case?

I used the vignetting feature to get more from the scene and lead the viewers' eyes to a certain part of the image. Combine this with effective use of color and lighting and you've got something that works on-camera.

Here are my edited images.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.