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How to Edit Photos for Instagram Using Lightroom and Photoshop

teacher avatar Jon Olsson, YouTuber, Entrepreneur, Skier, Traveler

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11 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Editing gear and software

    • 3. Importing and the importance of organization

    • 4. Using presets

    • 5. My editing flow

    • 6. Using color channels

    • 7. Some uses for Photoshop

    • 8. Photoshopping bodies. Do we do it?

    • 9. 9 tips and tricks

    • 10. Before and after

    • 11. Wrapping up!

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About This Class

Welcome to our class on photo editing!

We're going to show you the ins and outs on how we edit photos for our Instagram. As our YouTube channel grew, so did Instagram - so it has been super important for us to share the best content that we can on the platform, so with that, editing photos nicely is key!!

If you tune in, you'll learn:

  • How to create the optimal workflow for editing, what programs you need to have to get started
  • How to import your photos and how to create a system for yourself to select the best photos
  • Do you need to use presets? Can they make you more efficient?
  • Follow along with a walkthrough of myself actually editing a photo
  • Why it is important to pay attention to the color channels
  • How it can be beneficial to use Photoshop
  • Random, but helpful editing tips and tricks!!

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Jon Olsson

YouTuber, Entrepreneur, Skier, Traveler


YouTuber, Skier, Entrepreneur and World Traveler! 

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1. Intro: Hey, my name is Yoon Olson and I have been a professional skier for 20 years, and when you are professional skier, you take a lot of photos, but you're usually in front of the lens. But the more I did that, the more I got interested in photography. Nowadays, I don't ski as much anymore, but I do a lot of YouTube videos, so we have a vlog with the one point two million subscribers, I think, and that kind of meant that my instagram grew as well. So I have one million followers on Instagram, and my wife, Yanni, has 1.4 million followers. So I guess photos and cameras and all this. It's a huge part of our life. So the fact that it's funny, me and Johnny went to two newme toe have a social media free week and not check our phones and do anything, and then we're liked. But it's OK. Dated photos, right? So there we are into loom like when there was a bit too hot in the middle of the day, both of us next to each other, like Oh, that's a great photo. So it's truly something we love and something we do a lot. So hopefully in this class I can share some of our experiences. Of course, I am not the most technical editor that you can find. There's a lot of people that are much better that, but hopefully I can kind of give a different perspective coming from sort of my ski background and then influencers and social media and all this and hopefully not be too complicated because I know when it's too complicated. I don't like it myself. So, actually, let's just show one of the pictures that I've done. And if this turning into this is something you think looks half decent, then I hope that you want to watch this class. So now it's time to start changing pictures, not too much, but just enough to make it fun. 2. Editing gear and software: So first things first gear. When it comes to editing photos, it's not as hard as anything video, so you don't have to have the best computer. But when you start editing a lot of photos than your computer dust matter quite a bit. So I have a 15 inch laptop from Apple fully maxed out mostly for video. Yanni hasn't maxed out DEL, so you don't need it. But it is nice. And then, of course, we have about a 1,000,000 hard drives because what kind of helps your computer feel better is that if you keep your computer clean and you know as little as possible on it and always keep everything on a separate hard drive, then your computer is gonna survive longer and be a bit faster. In terms of programs that we use, we use almost say, 90% is light room. That's where we import all the photos and do most of editing. And then sometimes when we want to get technical Rico into Photoshopped, then of course, there's a lot of options in your cell phone. I mean, they're snap seed Biscoe Cam and like there's a lot of them, but I strictly use my computer for editing. Nothing on the focus. I am just I'm just terrible at it. And then, of course, there's a lot of other programs for a computer like capture one camera raw. But I think light room is what's been working the best for me. 3. Importing and the importance of organization: So let's import and select your shots in the past. I can adjust the important started editing. And it was kind of, you know, I didn't really have a system. Now I've learned that if you can kind of be good at how you imports, you import it. You look through all of them once, and then you put a one star market on the ones that are good. And then you go through the one stars and you go down to stars so that when you kind of spend a little extra time when choosing the photos, because I know that in the past I've started editing photos and then an hour later on Mike . Oh, but that other one that's way better. So being organized, a smart with import and this kind of stuff is something that I really want to highlight just from a personal experience that I've been terrible at it. So make sure to have your camera set on the correct times of the folders, threw up brightly and just be organized. That is going to help you a lot because I took 15. I imported 15,000 photos on a trip to Hawaii in last week. And when you start doing that, you realized that that mess I had in the beginning that's going to come with me all the way , so the sooner you start being organized better in this 4. Using presets: so that one question I always get in terms of photos is what kind of presets air using. And it seems like a lot of people think that as long as you have a photo and then you have a good preset you just attached apply that and everything is perfect. Unfortunately, it's not quite that simple. I mean, usually see that I have 20 or 30 presets, and I looked through 30 of them, and usually no one kind of like hits the spot right away. So presets are great because they enable people to sort of if you have to start from scratch and light room, I'd have now I could do it, but earlier I would have a hard time starting from scratch with everything. That's why having a preset is great. You click once, and then it's kind of fixed the image. But then you always always have to tweak the presets, so that is my answer to everyone. What presets were using is that its different and every photo is different. But of course, having a good preset is a nice way to start, because then it also matters, say that I'm shooting the same shot with two different camera, saying like A and Sony, then the like is gonna have more contrast. So that means that if you apply the same preset, it's gonna look different. So presets, where you really have to just have one precept that I'm like, I love that one, and it's super different when I apply it. But then when I start tweaking it, I kind of know that it has the base that I enjoy. And speaking of presets, we haven't asked a 1,000,000 times. Why don't you do your own presets and sell them? Because there are so many people selling presets. And thanks to this class, I'm like, OK, we have a class. We need to At least export are presets. So I talked to Oscar Bucket, who I want to say is kind of my mentor in terms of photography. He put him together with the help of a Me and Yanni kind of saying what we like so you can check out the influence. Our YouTube videos will put the info where you can get him there, so hopefully you like them. But again, it's not magic, but hopefully that will give you the best possible preset because there's so many people, something presets but don't have the photo knowledge that'll scare has. I mean, he shoots major international commercial. So him doing a present versus a influencer that kind of figured out how to make a cool look it I've learned that it's different. Depending on who made the precept, could you kind of get the same look? But then, when you start going into details, that's when you see the difference. So even if you don't like our presets, make sure to get presets from someone or somewhere that really hasn't nailed down. And then in terms of improving what you do, I think the best thing one can dio it's a take a photo that you think is really good and then try to sort of copy the tones in that one. I mean, imagine you see a nice tropical photo and you also have sort of a similar photo, then kind of like Look at that and see, like, what color? What tone is the beach? What tone is the water, the palm trees and kind of like go detail for detail and kind of compare, and that way you kind of figure out like after the green is different. How do I change that? So that's a recommendation that I have this to look at things and try toe do the same, because that way you're gonna learn a lot more so not doing the same to copy, but to understand how all the different color channels and everything works. 5. My editing flow: So where do we start the editing process? I figured the best way to do this is to just take it, dive into my computer and we can have a look on the screen of what I am doing when I am editing a random photo from last night, actually, So let's check it out and see what where we start on where we end up. So I am going to show you how I would have this photo. It's nothing special in terms of the photo, but I think it can hopefully help a bit. And C in which older I start. I kind of start by checking my presets to see what I think of them, what they might do. They're quite different, all of them. And then I kind of think that the Yanni Sunset want is actually looking pretty good. I choose that one, and then I always want to straighten the photo first. I can never work with a photo that it's just crooked, so I like to start there, and then I do kind of like down the exposure a little bit up here, you get a little more blue tone in this guy Then I grab this guy here, make one marking kind of in the center and lift up the shadows a bit. That means that I get a bit more sky tone in the sky, but I still get sort of the the look that I want. I mean, this is a really quick at it, but then I probably want a little more color in the sunset. I just kind of make a little mark there and then kind of make a bit of temperature somewhere along those lines. And then whenever you have be honest, that the cattle in the photo he is always more tender than everyone else. Then I might want to set a little mark on his face. And just up the exposure a little bit that way matches Yanni a little better. And Yanni's 10. So then you can think of how tanned Richard this. And then, of course, I want to cut it too. 45 As with all Instagram photos on, then we have it in for five. We fit. So we checked that. Is there anything else? Off course. You can work in eternity with photos, but we'll call this good enough file export, naming them usually now I'm naming it video class and exporting. JPEG called it 100. You can go down a bit, but you know it works as well. And sizing. That's always a problem when people send emails their giant. So I go resize to fit long edge 2048 pixels resolution to 40. And so far that's been working pretty good for us. Of course, I've named something else like that before and the file is out, and then I can just put it in there, drop and drop it over to my phone or toe Yanni or Richard's phone. That's where we came from. On. That's where we ended up in a couple minutes. So I think it's not hard to see why. Editing is pretty funny. So, of course, that is a very, very quick edit. Sometimes I can spend four hours on a picture that was more like a minute. Maybe so. It's like a quick, nice, insta story picture, but you can always take deeper and perfect Maurin little details. But it's also good to just get it out, have fun Children, and then move on to something else. 6. Using color channels: So if we want to dig a little deeper into editing kind of moving past presets and like the little things, I want to say that the next step that I've started to use a lot more in the last year is the color channels. You can go into each individual channel and change how bright it is. You can change the tone of it and how saturated this. So I say we dive into my computer and have a look at, you know, some of my favorite things to change in these tools. And here we're looking at a photo that is to me like the typical cheap magazine, not very awesomely edited photo When the blue is this blue, I really don't like when Louis Super Blue. So what I usually do is that I go to the color channels and then we have the Blue Channel here. Well, that a little bit towards the turquoise, and then it's kind of important not to make it to saturated. So might pull down the situation a little bit of swell to me. Just look softer, nicer and sort of more professionally, nicely edited. Of course, it's a matter of taste, but to me, that is actually a very important thing. And then, of course, you have the darkness as well, so you gotta find the balance on that. But that is one of the main things that I want to recommend to use a lot and find this balance. Turquoise water, if you are. This is a photo taken into a room with a drone. And the water is actually way more turquoise than it turns out on the photo. So a great little tip is that you take the little brush up here and you give it just a slight little brush on the water. So you see that you have everything covered, and then we want to neutralize that, and then you go a bit colder off course. Now it's getting a bit too blue, so we can use that green channel to kind of help find the balance of the tone that we're looking for. But then you can also bump the contrasts a little bit because that kind of brings up the black and the white, which I think is a little cool. Maybe a tying better clarity, a little bit of whites. Maybe so if we have a look at it now and then we remove what we just said and we see the difference. See, it's nothing crazy, but it just looks nicer. So that's actually a great thing to use for water when it's not us. Turquoise acid actually is in reality. Beautiful tip is to work on the Yellow Channel because who doesn't go on vacation and they want to take photos and, of course, of white sand beaches better than an orange sand beach. So if you're on a beach, the Yellow Channel is fantastic. As you can see now, it looks super nice. You can also see that the yellow up here is very bright, so we pull that down then it's not as nice, and if you look at saturation, it's low. We start pulling that up, and it's not as fun at all anymore. So bringing down the saturation because the yellow doesn't really affect anything else. I mean, Johnny has her skin tone and then illuminations on we go bright and we have a super turquoise or super white sand beach that is extremely useful. If you are on Instagram er like we are, I don't like the blue in the shadows. Then I could just kind of killed the blues altogether because there's no sky. So if you see that, that's actually so many more so that versus that I personally like this a lot more. I just think it looks nicer. And so there you have saturation. You want a little more pop in the greens. And then if we want to make J a little more tanned, we goto ruminants and we go in the Orange Channel, and then we could make him super dark. Of course, it's important not to overdo it, but that's kind of a great thing to do. And if you are an influencer where you always take photos, it's a It's a great little trick, a little bit of cheating. But sometimes that's okay is how to add a sun flare. And I think it's better to do it in photo shop, and the way I would do that is you have your picture. You go, you go to No, you go to new layer. So layer new layer and then we see over here that we have an orange color, so I just you check the softness of the edges and let's say we wanted right around there and that would kind of look really terrible. But then if you change, like down down here of the layer, um, and down here and like the form of layer, use changes that completely. So you want to go scream. Voila! And then you can also down here, change the capacity. How much you wanted to see. You kind of want it like that. Then you can go command T. Kind of like I would extend it a bit or move it up and down. Let's say we really want to some player today. Perfect. So what Some player without So it's a handed little thing and it can be used in different colors and whatever it is you want, highlight. And sometimes it's nice to give a little touch of color. 7. Some uses for Photoshop: so I would say that now you have already you already have 80% of what you need in order to make incredible things. And then, if you wanna dig deeper, spend more time in your computer and kind of geek out of it. Then, of course, you have Photoshopped and I to briefly explain. Photo shop is basically like like trim but more complex and has more power. But if you want to do some simple things in Photoshopped, it's not that much more complicated. It's just a little different. So if you have someone that knows that, they can usually pretty quickly explain how things work. So don't be afraid of voter shop, but kind of use light room for the colors and all that, and then just do minor small tweaks and Photoshopped personally. One of the things I like the most about Photoshopped is if I want to clean a picture up, let's say you're taking a beautiful photo and then you might have crap on your lens or there might be, you know, like a telephone wire or some like that, removing that I think it's better to do in photo shop than in light room. And then one thing that is so helpful is that when you take a photo with a regular camera, it's higher than what you can post on Instagram instagram. You've got 45 standing for five, and if you have a photo you'd like and you have a person in the middle like this one of Johnny. So as an example, let's say you have this photo here and you want to post it on Instagram in 45 That means you're gonna have to cut a lot of sky and a lot of sand on the bottom. But you can quickly kind of make it wider. So it becomes for five without really changing. And the way I would do that issue just kind of put 45 up here and you drag it out. You get out, come down a little bit. There we go. Now the photo is 45 and then this is not like the perfect way to do it. But for Instagram, it usually works pretty good, depending on the picture. And then you kind of make sure that Yanni is not touched. Just the sand on the side do on each sides Yeah, you have a 45 and I can't really say that. I see the difference really up close, so that's actually great. And then, of course, some flares, flares, Some players, they are fantastic to do in photo shop there. I mean, you can important by presets for four players as well, but you can also do it in a simple way like I'm doing here at my computer a little bit of cheating, but sometimes that's okay, is how to add a sun flare. And I think it's better to do it in a photo shop. And the way I would do that is you have your picture, you go to new layer, so layer new layer and then we see over here that we have an orange color. So I just you check the softness of the edges. Let's say we wanted right around there, and that would kind of look really terrible. And down here and like the form of layer, use changes that completely. So you want to go scream Voila! And then you can also down here change the capacity. How much you wanted to see. You kind of want it like that and then you can go command T kind of like I would extend it a bit or move it up and down. Let's say we really want to some player today. Perfect. So what Some player without So it's a handed little thing and it can be used in different colors and whatever it is you want. Highlight. And sometimes it's nice to give a little touch of color. And then also a huge advantage in photo shop is that let's say you have five different blue things. You have a blue sky, you have blue water. You have a blue car, a blue shirt and blue sunglasses. If you go to the Blue Channel in light room, that's gonna affect all of these different things. Wasn't Photoshopped. You can make an adjustment layer and kind of say, I want the shirt b'more turquoise and I want this sky to be really blue, and you just kind of mask it out. I'm sure there is a 1,000,000 different classes on that techniques and photo shops. I'm not gonna dive in there, but I'm just kind of saying what is good to use photo shop for, and that is something that I think it's really good when you need to separate colors and do different things with them. But the one thing you have to remember a photo shop once you start messing around and fixing things, it's important to have an extra look before you export it so you don't fix things, and then you export and then you post it and you realize you kind of forgot to fix that, and that's happened to me a couple times like I know this one. Breach in London was crooked, so I made it straight, like Sweet published. And then I realized that I forgot to remove whatever what's So I have an extra look and remember, don't get carried away. It is so easy to start to be too much of everything, so try to find that happy medium. I know that I am not a happy medium kind of person, but since I'm struggling with this, at least I can try to help you with that advice 8. Photoshopping bodies. Do we do it?: and then to the $1,000,000 question. Do we Photoshopped our bodies in photo shop? And the answer is almost never, ever. There is, however, a couple exceptions. But before we get to that, I think one of the reasons that Johnny has become a successful as she is on Instagram is because she is not faking it. When you meet her in real life, she looks exactly like she does on the pictures, and I think that IHS it's unfortunately becoming more rare that it is like that. But that is something that we've been very strict on because I have the skills and Photoshopped, you know, do whatever we kind of want. But then that would be really weird if, like, I'm like this and like Yanni's eight feet tall and it be weird meeting people when we don't look like that because we personally experienced that we follow someone and like, got so good looking and then you meet him and you realize it's kind of all Photoshopped, and with me doing box, that wouldn't be possible, so I'm 100% against it. But we do use it at certain occasions. For instance, when we are trying to choose a thumbnail for the YouTube videos. Then it's really hard to find a good one. And sometimes I found one that I really like. But it's a wide angle lens, and I'm really on the side of the pictures on my face is, like more like, all twisted and distorted. And then, yes, we've used the liquefy tool or filter to try to help bring me back to normal. So not using it to kind of improved the looks just kind of make using it to make the photo usable. Or I know I've done a couple times. If you know, when you take a photo, you're like that. It's such an incredible photo. And then you just did something like you took a steps, your postures really bad. You just you look terrible, but the photo itself is so good. So then I have a couple times used photo shop to kind of just bring my body back to normal . So not not ever trying to improve it, but but making a photo that I really want making that possible to use. So we never used the liquefied toe on a shot that's already half decent from the beginning , and I mean, maybe we've changed the bodies on these type of occasions twice in the last year, but again, that's just to make it not look crazy. Bad looking, full honesty here could have said, Never, ever. But we're being honest. That's important. 9. 9 tips and tricks: this section is about a bunch of random little tips that I kind of just realized them whenever I when I was going to do this, cause I was like, What are the things that I that I think about that I remember, and I'm gonna run through a few of them. Number one. There is a difference between your computer screen and your phone. So if you can learn how the differences, then you can exported more correctly when export my photos from the computer. They look darker on my phone, so I tend toe up the brightness a little bit so that they're good on the foot. Export procedure for clips in the passing. Just export everything. No names, no nothing, just chaos and bad sizes. Nowadays, I know that if you have the correct name on the file, then it's gonna help in terms of Google search and illness and just saying organized so again be organized with import, export sorting and office three J peg or raw. We always shoot raw because of raw file will give you more room to adjust and to edit. You just have mawr information, so we recommend raw. But if you don't like editing that much, and you kind of just I want a picture that's better out of the camera. Maybe ended half the photos and half Not then J. Peg might be the way for you to go. Four. J Pick an draw. I shot a bunch of photos the last week, and I realized that I had accidentally turned on the setting where it says Shoot jpeg and raw. And that is just the most annoying thing ever when you get a double of everything, So if you have that remove it, it's just terrible. That's my personal opinion. Fine. Four men Are you shooting vertical or horizontal? As we mostly do our photos for Instagram. We are always, always, always exporting in 45 standing or vertical for five. If there is like an extreme case, we might fill in a square one by one. But always always four by five, because it is just better instrument if you care about that sort of thing. Six. Look at other people and let their pictures there, and it's inspire you to to kind of learn new things. My favorites. I mean, Oh Scott, he is just incredibly good at what he does. I also like Sam Coolers photos. I think there they're just very How do you calm like? It's just not. It's not just a random photo like there's been some serious time that went into the symmetry and the creating of that photo, and I think that's really cool. And then do you travel another great instagram that just has sick travel pictures from around the world? And then, um, yeah, I mean, there's so many out there, but, you know, find your favorites and kind of follow them on instagram and have a look and kind of look at the pictures and analyze what they look like. Seven. Clarity. I know so many people that get light room and they're excited to edit, and the first thing they find it's the clarity. So they just bump the clarity, and that is something most has taught me that No, no, no, no, no, no. Never, ever. Unless it's like water or something little on a specific thing. But generally on a picture don't use clarity that much. Eight. When you do a lot of editing, sometimes you just go blind and you end up doing these crazy edits that you're thinking is incredible when you're doing them. But then my advice is toe do the edit, let it sit overnight and look at it again, because when you look at it again, I've done it a 1,000,000 times. Then you're like, I don't know what happened smoking when I was like thinking that that was good. So taking a little bit of time in between editing and exporting is always good if you have the time. Nine. I discussed this with my friend Riley Harper the other day, and we were laughing because we're saying the same thing. So imagine you start editing a photo and you find a good preset. You do a couple local adjustments, and it's like sweet, and then you copy paste that put it on. The next photo is great, but I think maybe needs to be a bit brighter there. And then you keep going and making these adjustments to it. And after a while, you end up with, like this crazy like you're just kind of totally lost where you came from. So I want to say that from time to time, like don't build on a copy paste for too long 10. Before and after: So before we start rounding up this class, I figured it could be in a good time to show a few before. And afters Thes might not necessarily be the best photos or the nicest edit, but I think they are fun to look at to kind of give inspiration of how much you can actually change a photo again. Me probably being a little overkill on some, but it's it's just so fun to make such a difference, so enjoy and let me know what you think. 11. Wrapping up!: So that was it for this class. I hope you guys enjoyed it and that it was not too long ago. Boring and not to shorts. You still felt like there was some things that you could pick up. I know that these editing programs are so complex that sometimes you feel like you can drown in them. So we wanted to kind of keep it basic. And I just kind of put together the class out of my own personal use of this program. You don't need that many things, but you need toe. Learn how to find that skin tone, color, the sky color. And I think spending time on that rather than trying to get really technical in photo shop is time much better spent. So I hope you like that. I know that I love editing, and we if I had 60 hours per day, I spend 10 of them editing photos. That's how much I like it. So hopefully that can be of some help. We are going to be back with a videography and a video editing class here in a few weeks. But for now I hope this is good and that you can find some good looks on the photos basically so happy editing and we'll see you guys soon