How To Edit Headshots In Lightroom

Have you ever wanted to come behind the scenes and watch me edit in real time before? In this week’s video, I’m going to give you a behind the scenes look at how I edit my very own headshots at home in Lightroom. If you’ve ever wanted to know how I edit step-by-step, this video is for you! 

And maybe you’ve wanted to learn how to do your own headshots at home too! If so, check out this blog post HERE to see my step-by-step process on how to do that. 

How To Edit Headshots In Lightroom

Change the Crop & Add A Preset

The very first thing I did was change the crop around in my image. So I straightened out the image and then added my own personal preset right away. With my preset, it looked pretty good but I really wanted to give a “pop” to my image and brighten it up some. I went in and played around with the lighting settings.

Remove Objects

As you can see in the video, my remote was in hand and there was a cord showing too. I decided to use the brush tool in Lightroom. Once I adjusted the settings, I cloned the spot I wanted removed and then used the brush tool to remove the cord. I’m not the best re-toucher nor am I super picky so I didn’t get everything exact but it was enough to where you couldn’t tell there was a cord there.

Pro Tip: Use the soft proofing feature in Lightroom to put your image up against a white background. This will allow you to see what your image will look like against the white which is helpful for social media. Then you can adjust your exposure, brightness, and white balance from there.

Color Grading

Finally, I went down to the color grading section and warmed up the shadows in my image slightly. Once you are happy with the edits, you can continue to move through your other images in the same way.

If you need images for your brand and you are wondering how you can take images like these, there’s another video you can check out on the behind the scenes of my headshots. It’s a step-by-step video where you can see what tools I use, my flash settings, and more. You can check it out HERE.

I hope you find this video to be beneficial and helpful on how you too can achieve studio-type headshots in the comfort of your home. I’d love to hear in the comments below what one of your favorite takeaways was and if you take your own headshots at home, be sure to tag @joymichelle on social media!

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