I sometimes share before and after shots on my Instagram but have never shared how I edit. When editing I try to get my whites as white as I can but also give the images a crisp contrasted look so the subject isn’t lost in the white. It has taken me years to perfect my editing style and it still takes me multiple hours to edit a full gallery. I Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop to edit my images.
I always start with importing my images into Lightroom and cull and make my selections for the final gallery.
This is the image SOOC (straight out of the camera) and how you would see it if I showed it at the back of the camera. When clients ask to see the images at the back of the camera I am sometimes hesitant as it's not going to be what they are expecting and can be disappointing for them and I want them to love their images.
I usually underexpose slightly and set the white balance to auto rather than adjusting it for the sessions as I find it needs tweaking during editing anyway.
The first thing I do is fix the white balance and brighten it up by increasing the exposure.
As you can see its already looking much better.
Now this is where I like to add contrast and use curves to get the image looking just like how I want.
I then take the image into photoshop for the finishing touches with levels and curves and also I clean up the skin if it needs it and fix the background.
And there you have it, the finished product.