Important Frame Change Announcements  ||  PLEASE READ

What I Wish I Knew: Great Editing Starts With Great Light

What I Wish I Knew: Great Editing Starts With Great Light

WHAT-I-WISH-I-KNEW-BEN-SASSO-PHOTOGRAPHER

Featured Contributor Ben Sasso shares his early lessons learned in this installment of our “What I Wish I Knew” series, chronicling the mistakes and revelations creatives made during their first years in business. 

You know that photographer whose work you love? You know how you’ve spent hours trying to figure out how they edit but you can never quite nail it? There’s a reason for that. You can study the editing all you want but the truth is that you may never be able to replicate it if you study that alone. Great editing starts with great light. It starts before the image is brought on to the computer. The lighting decisions you make on set can mean the difference between being able to edit the image to how you want it to look or hitting a wall. If you’re trying to figure out how to achieve a certain editing look, study the light in those images first before you even start digging into the tones, contrast, etc.

I love soft light. I love it almost as much as I love cats and sushi (that’s a lot). I almost always shoot in shade or backlit (which means that the side of the subject that’s facing me is in shade). Since I don’t have any hard light hitting my subjects skin in my work, I’m able to edit a certain way to bring out a certain softness that mimics the light I love. Soft light means less saturation, less contrast, and flattering skin tones and texture. If I shot in hard light, my images would come out more saturated, more contrasted, and with harsher skin texture leaving me with files that I’d have to edit completely differently.

For most of us, the editing process is there to make the most of the gorgeous images we’ve already made. It isn’t there to create something gorgeous out of something lackluster. As someone who teaches Editing + Consistency classes, that’s something that I’ve always found massively important for photographers to understand. Start with killer light and a killer edit will follow!

WHAT-I-WISH-I-KNEW-BEN-SASSO
WHAT-I-WISH-I-KNEW-BEN-SASSO-PROFESSIONAL-PHOTOGRAPHER

Thanks, Ben!

~

ben sasso bioBen Sasso is a photographer and educator living in Los Angeles. I’m all about nature (camping, climbing, hiking and running around), and I have an unmanly love for cats. I am a firm believer in fostering a close knit photo community and encouraging individual progression.

To view more of Ben's work, visit him here.

 


 




Also in Design Aglow Blog

Flat Rate Shipping is Here!
Flat Rate Shipping is Here!

0 Comments

Read More

5 Simple Strategies for Connecting with Other Vendors in the Photography Business
5 Simple Strategies for Connecting with Other Vendors in the Photography Business

0 Comments

There are any number of ways you can market your photography business: online profiles with paid and unpaid services, or social media advertisements. You could even go old school and try a radio ad or billboard. But we’re firm believers that one of the best ways to spread your good name is by good old-fashioned word of mouth. Because it works.

Read More

Travel With Photographers: Lisa Patey
Travel With Photographers: Lisa Patey

0 Comments

Visiting Paris has always been on my bucket list and my two best friends and I have been talking about planning a trip for what seems like forever. Finally, one day while perusing flight deals we decided to just go for it. The plan was to travel to Paris first, London second and take the train back and forth. In hindsight, flying into Paris would've been much easier, especially after a long flight and jet lag. But easy doesn't make great memories! The train was actually quite convenient and a great way to relax after a long flight. You can buy snacks (and WINE) for your 2 hour trip without even leaving the station.  

Read More