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The 5 Biggest Mistakes in Editing in lightroom!

September 10, 2019

– Bonjour mesdames and
messieurs, in this video I wanna show you the five mistakes
I see most photographer do when they use Lightroom. Let’s do it. (dramatic vocalizing) All right, madames and
messieurs, so being able to avoid these five mistakes can really
help you as a photographer to get more exposure on social media, to get more exposure in the
press, to be able to sell your prints, it is vital
that you stay until the end of this video because I
can tell you something. I receive about 10 to 20 people
per day writing me to review their photos, in fact, I even
have a private Facebook group that every Wednesday people
send me their RAW files as they me how they retouched it and then I do my own version of it. For example, this photo was
sent by one of my students, and by the way if you want to
know more about the private Facebook group I have a
whole lecture and webinar that talks about it. The link is below the video. But anyway. That’s the RAW file
that my friend sent me, that’s the photo how you
retouched, it, I really like the way they did, and that’s how I did it. On the left side you see
that’s how he retouched it, on the right side that’s how I did it. It’s very subtle but it’s
got more dodge and burns, it’s got more colors. Anyways, because every
Wednesday I have people sending me their photos, I don’t
show other peoples’ bad photo but I want to show you
the five mistakes I see over and over and over for
the last 10 to 15 years, I wanna say. So mistake number one. Too much clarity, contrast or texture. It’s just too much, and
especially when you have clouds, everything is kinda very
sharp, like look at the grass it’s super sharp, there’s a
lot of contrast in the clouds. It’s a great photo but it’s too contrasty, it’s got too much sharpening
and it’s got too much clarity. Let me show you how I
would retouch this photo so I’m going to go to the Develop Module and you can see, and that’s
what a lot of people do, if I look at the RAW file I
can see that texture is 100%, I’m gonna back this down all
the way, Clarity I’m gonna back this down, actually I even
go minus clarity sometimes, like minus 4 or minus 5 clarity. And, I don’t need so much
vibrance on this photo. Look how much more
pleasing it is, you know? There is now halo in the
sky, there is no contrast, it looks a lot more natural. The problem is that if you do
a photo and you add too much clarity, it’s just gonna
scream this was retouched, I’m good at using Lightroom and I’ve over processed the photo and you will get rejection by the press and you get rejections by
galleries or by, you know, even on social media. Social media usually is a
little more nice, I would say, but I work a lot with
professionals and I work a lot with the press and I send
a photo that’s got too much clarity then they’ll just reject it. Why? Because the first response to
somebody seeing a photo like this is oh, you retouched it, right? I don’t want people to
respond like this to me photo. I want people to say wow, what
a beautiful Tuscany scene. That’s what I want people to say. So let me show you another
example of too much clarity. This is another photo that
I on purpose added too much clarity, this was also shot in Tuscany. I see that all the time. Look at the clouds, how the
clouds is got a lot of contrast, there’s a lot of darkness,
the clouds are very like, very defined and you don’t
wanna have, clouds are supposed to be puffy. They’re supposed to be a
little bit blurry, you know? Also, you want to be able
to play between blurry and sharp and not have everything sharp. So, what I would do on this
photo is of course I would get Texture down, Clarity which
is plus 28 I would make it down like minus, not, like
maybe minus like 10 or something and what you can do is you can
add clarity on the buildings so I would take the brush
and I would go to Clarity, add Clarity, I would make
sure my brushes are on 80 and I would paint clarity
just on the buildings. Not on the water. You don’t wanna put
clarity on water or clouds. Biggest mistake that is. It’s probably the number
one mistake that I see. And now you’ve got puffy
clouds, kind of silky water and very sharp buildings. Much nicer. So, that’s the number
one mistake that I see. By the way guys, like this video. It really makes a difference,
don’t forget to slam that Like button, don’t forget
to leave me a comment. I will read and answer
every single comment. I wanna hear from you
from what you wanna learn, I make two videos per week. The number two mistake
that I see the most is too obvious dodge and burn. You see this photo for example? It’s got a lot of dodge and
burn and when you can see the stroke too much, it
just kills it, you know? So, let me go into the
brush and let me show you the different, I’m gonna
erase that brush stroke and that brush stroke. And the two key things to
avoid that your brush stroke when you want make something
brighter by dodging, is you go to exposure
so you make sure that exposure’s on one and you make
sure that Flow and Density is like maximum 80s and
now I can brush over her. I can, the sun was really up there I can pretend that the sun
was coming there and it’s, maybe makes little shrouds
like this and even that is too much. So what I usually do is
I go from 0.97 to 0.5. It’s kinda subtle, let me
show you the before and after, you wanna have somebody say,
oh, you dodged and burned the photo so that’s the
before and that’s the after. Let me show you another photo. All right, so here is another
example of a photo in Venice. I mean, you can see, and I see that so much in a photo I get, you can see the dodging,
and it’s so obvious and so obvious there. I have a rule, which is when
you do your dodge and burning, you look at the photos the
next day, and if you see your brush strokes, you
know you’ve gone too far. So let show you how we can correct that, I’m gonna take the brush here,
I’m gonna select the brush here and I’m just gonna press
delete and I’m gonna re-do it, but this time, remember
0.97 or one of exposure and flow and density in the
80s and now I can sort of dodge this and make this
a little bit brighter and I think the water needs
to be a little bit brighter. And don’t get me wrong. I love dodge and burn, I
can make even this a little bit brighter, I love it,
but it’s got to be subtle. If it’s too obvious, it’s not good. So, you can see before. After. When you do the before and
after you go oh my gosh, it’s a big change. And also one thing you can do is. You see for example, I think
this is too strong here, so I can hold on the Option
key and erase the brush stroke that I did here and I can
click New, now I’m doing a new brush and this time instead
of doing 0.97, I’m gonna put it much lower, so maybe like 0.21 and every brush stroke’s
gonna have their own value and you go, and you build it little, by little by little by little. Mistake number three. Colors from another planet. What I mean by that is, and
this is something that changed my life, years ago I heard
about this amazing photographer called Peter Link who apparently
sold hundreds of million dollars of fine art prints
and I went to visit many of his galleries and his
photos were super saturated but very nice and people
that was in the room were all saying oh what a nice
photo, what a nice sunset, what a nice beach, what a nice
mountain and they were not reacting like oh, it’s
Photoshopped but it was obviously Photoshopped and I realized
the reason why that is because Peter Link basically
does a lot of saturation, does great retouching
but respects the hue, meaning when he does his sunsets,
it’s gonna be really red, it’s not gonna some kind of
red that you only find on Mars. For example, this photo, this
is something that I get a lot. And I have been guilty
of this because I used to be called Mr. Magenta and I
used to have these crazy magenta photos not like this,
this is way too much, you get the idea. You want something that’s
gonna match the experience that we have on planet Earth. It’s not about the saturation,
it’s about the hue. The kind of color you’re using. So for example, a good way
to prevent this is to use some of the fixed white balance. For example, I like to go
on Daylight, then I did a very common white balance,
very experience on Earth, see, it took out all the red
out, I also have like a brush stroke in there that’s got a
weird color, that I’m gonna erase and I mean, I understand
sometimes you wanna add some warmth on the photo,
but, I used to do it a lot in the past, but I find if
you add warmth to the photo where there was no warmth,
even hidden in a RAW file it just looks fake. So you’re better off, you’re
better off just you know, having a nice contrast. You could add a bit of magenta
you know to make it pop a bit, but you’re better
off staying in the original color of how it was than trying
to add color that was not there because it’s really
hard to do it in a way that it doesn’t look fake. I can still make this a little
but brighter and you know, I don’t wanna spend too
much time on this one but that’s the idea that
the best thing is, you know, for example on this one I
would probably take a brush and maybe add a bit of yellow magenta just on the tree for example. Just to make them pop,
make them a little warmer, maybe add a bit of light on the tree. But I would not touch the sky. The sky was blue and there
was no warmth in to it, that’s it, but now I have contrast between the colors of the trees and the sky. And let me show you the before and after. Before. And after. Yeah, it’s even a little too bright. And, you know, I probably
would do a little bit of a gradient here on the
sky to make it even darker. So, I can double click here
on Effect to put everything down to zero and just add,
and really get that blue but you, again you don’t wanna go too much because if the blue becomes
too saturated what’s gonna happen is that it’s gonna
look like a fake blue, so what you can do, is you
can, as you make it darker you can take out some
of the exposure, sorry, some of the saturation so
that it looks more reality. Okay, very cool, mistake number four. Not using the proper crop
or not fixing the horizon. This is a good example. This is a photo I shot in
New York and I on purpose made the horizon a little bit like this, this is also something
I’ve been guilty of often, I post photo where people say your horizon is not exactly straight, so
I’ll show you two tricks. The first trick is,
you take the crop tool, you’ve got this amazing
angle thing and you can click it’s the angle tool and you
can make it follow the horizon. And it’s gonna make the
horizon perfectly straight. But, that’s trick number one. The other trick is use standard cropping. Most of the gallery that I
work with, or the newspaper magazine I work with,
they either, either want, four by three or 16 by nine format. So, I like on this one to
use a 16 by nine format, which I think is really cool
so now I made the horizon straight and used the 16 by nine format. That’s actually the format I
work the most with my galleries and I find it’s good
because usually it enables you to zoom in a bit more. It gives like a more
panoramic kind of view. The other crop I wanna advise you to use is the four by five. Four by five is Instagram. Instagram has become such
a huge platform today and if you post with a four
by five in portrait mode your exposure on Instagram
will be a lot better. So, I choose four by
five and if you press X on the keyboard, you see,
you get into portrait mode and you can position how
you want it, find some kind of cool framing and post that. So try using more 16 by
nine framing and making your horizon very straight. Last mistake, but not the
least is too much saturation and again, I am 100% guilty of this. You see, that I find over
the last 50 years I’ve been doing photographing every
time I learned kind of a new trick like a new plug in,
like Luminar or Photomatix or Aurora or some kind slider
somewhere I usually overuse it all the time. And often it looks an over processed and over saturated photo. Like this photo is really
cool, but it’s too saturated. There’s no way the colors could be that much saturated in life. So, I like very saturated
colors, don’t get me wrong, but as I grow as a photographer
I try to create the maximum impact with the
resemble the maximum possible saturation that people
can experience easily. So on this one, I think
it’s a little too much I on purpose pushed it so I
will put the Vibrance on zero, and you know, maybe just add a
little bit but not that much. If you just go, something like
this, like this kind of blue I see often on photos,
it just is too much. So you have to go at the threshold of what people can experience. Now the truth is, if you
go on an amazing sunset, and you see how red it is, try
to retouch that in Lightroom, it’s gonna be really red,
so some photos are truly in nature very saturated. You just have to make it to the point where it still looks realistic. For me, at plus 10 that’s good enough. It’s still saturated but not too much. All right, I hope you
learned a thing or two, check our my webinar,
it’s my entire life story, I’m also gonna give you some free presets and I want to talk to you
about this private Facebook group if you want me to
re-touch your photographing. Check it out, the link is below the video.


  • Reply confuzler July 30, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Yep, i hate being rejected by the press and media…

  • Reply xavicuria July 30, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Great tips. You videos are very fun to watch, and as someone with an accent myself, I love seeing how you embrace your frenchness.

  • Reply Maryan Janevski July 30, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Hello Serge fantastic video i loved the way you had actual examples to show what you meant

    I learned a lot from this Thank You !

  • Reply Mike Smith July 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I've been guilty lately of adding too much Texture and/or Clarity. I mainly do it to give the buildings some pop.

  • Reply Benjamin Vargas July 31, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Thanks for the valuable info.

  • Reply John C Burzynski July 31, 2019 at 12:52 am

    What happened to you? You can't be Serge. Serge is synominous with saturated colors. You are telling us that your Serge signature presets are over the top? What happened to the real Serge?

  • Reply Nat Ramasub July 31, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Great tips as always. I am part of your Facebook group

  • Reply eli jahrastafari July 31, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Very informational as always. But I want to ask, because you briefly mentioned about selling prints to galleries in the beginning of this video, what settings do you use in Lightroom when exporting to print? Specifically if you want to do very large prints. And what about small prints? Would those settings be different?

  • Reply Ken Morris July 31, 2019 at 3:41 am

    Fantastic tips…Do you do any automotive photography such as classic cars, hot rods,exotic autos? A tutorial on vehicles maybe neat…

  • Reply Bernard Tom July 31, 2019 at 4:49 am

    Bonjour Serge, cela fait quelques années que je suis vos tutos, juste une question ne pourraient ils pas être en français, cela m'est de plus en plus difficile de suivre 🙂 peut être l'age, Cordialement

  • Reply Michal Olender July 31, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Practice, practice, practice!

  • Reply Barry Roberts July 31, 2019 at 7:21 am

    Love your videos. Just something I have found with horizons. Maybe because I'm a carpenter but for me the balance to straight horizons is plumb or upright. Easily seen where buildings are. A straight horizon where a building or a post is leaning is too bad. Love what you are saying here. I have my own presets but am finding i use them only on the right photos. Less is often more! Thank you again.

  • Reply Rosie Watson July 31, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Thank you. It is easy to over saturate a photo and not realise it is so bad.

  • Reply jankoh300 July 31, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for your video. You are the best.

  • Reply Benj Arion Prilles July 31, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Great tutorial! I'm guilty of some of those mistakes myself. 😂

  • Reply Laca Port July 31, 2019 at 11:34 am

    This is a great lesson BY ADMISSION!! Your editing used to be extremely heavy-handed and it is nice to see how you mellow and refine while avoiding the pornographic style you used to preached for so long. Good for you!!

  • Reply Alfred Hofmeister July 31, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Hi Serge ! 3 or 4 years ago, I have been a great fan of you and your channel. But I went off, because for me, you did exactly the mistakes you show us in this video. So, the way of editing photos like in this tutorial looks like a step backward, but in truth it is a big step forward. Maybe your best video ever ! best greetings from Vienna.
    by the way: Grats to your Natural lite presets !!!

  • Reply Mark Clements July 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Serge, I am trying to set up a LR checklist (work flow) to help me edit pics in a reasonable repetitive manner. Do you have a check list that shows the first item to consider (leveling a horizon) to the last item save as .jpeg (or whatever the last step should be?

  • Reply Mark Clements July 31, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Serge, i am trying to schedule your webinar. What is the time zone for the stating hours?

  • Reply Don Spicer July 31, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Always learning with your tutorials, thanks Serge!!

  • Reply hellomyphone July 31, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Love your style of retouching and making videos!

  • Reply ibfisher July 31, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I agree with you and you did mention it but my #1 rule, if you don't have the time pressure, edit the photo to the best of your ability, then walk away for a day and come back to it. You may find you need to "tone it down" a bit.

  • Reply They Caged Non July 31, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Awesome advice Serge, ive started to add local clarity to my shots now.

  • Reply Neil E July 31, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    Great video Serge. Just a big thank you as you’ve taught me so much about post processing. 👍👍

  • Reply Rob Bagshaw August 1, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Cant find the link to your hidden page

  • Reply Vince Villaruel August 1, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Why you have texture profile in your presence sir?

  • Reply swedesrus25 August 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    I learn from every video you share, Serge. Very much appreciated! Thank you!

  • Reply Glidden Martinez August 1, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Sergei are you ok????? I never thought I will hear telling your followers to use less saturation! 🤣

  • Reply Lucia Hewitt August 1, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Hahaha… I found all my "fake" photo's 🙂 Why can't I find my custom brush? I click on "new" and it gives me everything but custom…

  • Reply John Hemingway August 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    In that first photo discussed, is that sky pasted in?

  • Reply M A August 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Another fantastic tutorial! Now I have to go and retouch my photos. 🙂

  • Reply musaire August 1, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Actually, everything is about the contrast – contrast in the overall sense – in the image, what makes it interesting and more beautiful is that there needs to be a contrast between dark and light, contrast between colors (cold/warm, green/magenta etc., preferably some complimentary colors present), contrast between focus and defocus (spots with haze and NO haze, texture and NO texture, fine details and large details or no details at all), contrast between saturated and low saturation. Also, depending on the style, a contrast between natural and unnatural (tiny amount of unnatural makes one think whether it actually is natural, big amounts NOT) in the image. Contrast, because our eyes need a reference points and comparison.

  • Reply Andreas Wiehrdt August 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    I learned most of my LR skills from your videos, Serge. Trank you for that! And i have to admit that, inspired by your earlier videos I tended to overdo the saturation too, resulting in comments on my overretouching. This video will make me to move the sliders back to the left again. Thank you!

  • Reply Criptoban August 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Great tutorial ..
    Thank you.
    I like to add in your personal facebook group for learning.

  • Reply George Nolan August 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    the press X to change a 4×5 landscape crop to portrait in a landscape photo is a revelation for me! thanks so much !

  • Reply Charalampos Kiakotos August 1, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    When i see your video i think you are talking privately to me… That is why I love your tutoring. Thank you Serge

  • Reply Dave Bryer August 2, 2019 at 12:31 am

    I will watch this one agin once my lovely wife leaves the room to feed the cats, so thrt are no interuption. Great video.

  • Reply Chafik Boumehdi August 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Hi serge. What about such a tutorial for PS users?! Don't get us left out. I hate Lightroom lol.
    Also, you should come shooting in Morocco particularly casablanca. I'll be happy to meet and learn 😊

  • Reply Francesca Caviasca August 2, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks! Love your energy and not dragging out the video with u related info like other videos. I just like to hear and see what I need and you did that. This is one reason I hate watching YouTube videos to learn things….so again, thanks and I did learn a few things!

  • Reply Francesca Caviasca August 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, but which version of LR are you using. I have not seen a texture feature in mine.

  • Reply Dave MacKenzie August 2, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    The reason people don't comment on Peter Lik's retouching while in his gallery is because Peter claims that he does no retouching on his images. Sounds perfectly believable to me…(kidding).

  • Reply Phillip Ziegler August 3, 2019 at 12:35 am

    You have, like most of us, come round to wanting our processing to be effective but unimposing. People are moved by the image but don’t think “Great photoshop job.”

  • Reply Rejean Nantel August 3, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Hello Serge, very nice video!

    I can understand why you would advise people to use standard cropping such as 4×3 or 16×9 because that’s what the publishing market – newspaper and magazines, or galleries wants. I can also understand that this simplifies their tasks when editing pages or choosing a display layout in a gallery. But that still scares me because every artist knows that certain images look much better in other crop ratios – and sometimes in non-standard ones.

    And you also suggest, which is a good advice, to crop 4×5 to publish your photos on Instagram. Again, it’s probably in the platform’s interest to speed up the display response time on their platform.

    But here is where I stand. I still have an Instagram account but haven’t used it for a long time. I just can’t believe that a photography platform can’t respect the user’s crop ratios that shows the stronger composition. If one want’s to use negative space on Instagram, he is very limited within their standard crop (else you will loose image quality).

    I, for one, do not abide to any standard cropping, because I personally think that it is disrespectful. The Container regulates what the Content should be – ain’t that absurd! I agree with you Serge, that any of these out-of-standard crops that I have might never be published, but I stand on my principles. If everybody in the photography community rebel against this nonsense then things could change.

    One can find all the latitude he wants when he creates a personal layout for printing a portfolio. Going against the grain and choosing different crop factor can really strengthen a portfolio. And deciding on which images will be side-by-side gives you even more power. You become your own editor.

    Again, it’s just a shame that the Editing world (newspapers & magazines) along with the Art world (Galleries) create these obstacles – just to cut their work time and cost. Some magazines couldn’t even survive without photographers.

  • Reply Geistkitty August 3, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Hi Serge, I attended the webinar tonight at the link above and downloaded the free presets. I followed your video instructions to put them into Lightroom 4 but when I go to use them there is nothing in the preset folders. I see the five preset categories in Lightroom but there's nothing there when I click on them. What did I do wrong?

  • Reply Stirling Davison August 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    I have followed you for a long time Serge and i must say, im glad that you have toned down the magenta and saturation of photos. There is that point where a photo can either be great or a flop. Another great video, thanks again for sharing your expertise.

  • Reply chris rohwer August 3, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    very helpful as I too am guilty of these at times

  • Reply Old400 August 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Very well done, Serge. When you acknowledged that there can be too much magenta, I thought, "this can't be my Parisian instructor!" I appreciate your self-analysis while teaching us.

  • Reply Ron Manke August 3, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Good video. What was the name of the artist you mentioned? I had trouble finding him online.

  • Reply App Dev August 4, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Great tip:👍👍 4×5 crop and press x to switch orientation

  • Reply Rod Br August 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Wait, it was only 2 videos back, 10 days at most, and everything was magenta. Who are you and what have you done with my Serge?
    Seriously though, love all the looks you create.

  • Reply Gaby Isphoto August 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    The experience of overdoing things in LR is very similar to cooking. When you start cooking, you use and add as many herbs and flavours, because you think that will make the dish pop. As you become a better cook, you realize that with a good piece of steak, all you need is salt and pepper 🙂

  • Reply catherine godefroy August 4, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Always very interesting.

  • Reply James A Holland Jr August 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Love your work. I think you are spot on with these 5. We have all added or processed too many times and now I will be going more for the natural look and focus more on my composition and lighting.

  • Reply Patric Schmunk August 4, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you, Sir – now I have to re-edit my holiday-photos.

    But to be honest, I made all the errors, you mentioned in the video 🤦‍♂️ 😂

  • Reply James Morgan August 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    This is a lifetime self confession by Serge! What have you been smoking there in California?????

  • Reply Sweet Sour Travel August 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Very cute video. Thanks for sharing, and I even took some tips for my channel videos 🛎😉

  • Reply Andrew August 6, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Bonjour! Really helpful. Thanks.

  • Reply Manzur Alam August 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I always prefer your tutorial. lots of tutorials have seen on youtube but yours is good …….

  • Reply S ROY August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Excellent video !
    It would be more helpful if you slow down a bit while retouching the photos.

  • Reply Germanas Simonson August 6, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    I think you need to upgrade your laptop

  • Reply ihsan ulusoy August 6, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Thank you for your nice video dear Serge. Helpfull as usual.Cheers

  • Reply looneyburgmusic August 6, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Sorry, but a lot of the things you are calling "mistakes" are 100% subjective. When I go into Lightroom to process a landscape or sky shot I often will intentionally go for a "painted" look to the photo. That's not a mistake, it's a conscious choice that I'm making as a photographer. "Realistic" is not always a requirement for photographs.

  • Reply Art Photo August 7, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Great job Serge. Keep these invaluable tips coming. Your videos make a difference to help people making better pictures! ❤️

  • Reply Michele Rossi August 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    great video! What is the name of the place in Tuscany? I live in Lucca so maybe I will go see it 🙂 I am always on the lookout for new photography spots. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Adobe Photoshop Lightroom August 7, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    These are so helpful and so relatable! Thanks, Serge!

  • Reply Virginia Hoffman August 8, 2019 at 11:28 am

    illusions of grandeur

  • Reply Kirt Germond August 8, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    thanks Serge

  • Reply sarcofalo August 9, 2019 at 1:44 am

    Man I love your tutorials, they're actually very useful

  • Reply gailinflorida August 9, 2019 at 2:17 am

    What version of Lightroom is this?

  • Reply Colin Melhuish August 9, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Great video, Saturation I thought was your hallmark. This well explained and input very helpful. Agree with S. ROY and a similar comment I made as well in the past, slow down a bit with the cursor, saves stopping and rewind. keep up the good work

  • Reply Nicola Cenni August 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    You've been in bagno vignoni. Did you enjoy my land

  • Reply Irina August 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Agree with each your word and like your editing) nice and useful video! Thanks!

  • Reply tecnolover2642 August 11, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Thank you! You nailed them all. These are the things I see all the time that scream AMETEUR! It really is my biggest annoyance with photos today.

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  • Reply Kiko Valentin August 12, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Serge…what do you prefer: Lightroom or Photoshop?. So far Iam using Photoshop but I see …or I think…you prefer LIghtroom

  • Reply Mablung 1 August 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Just came across your video by accident and really enjoyed it. I am not a fan of LR but I found myself watching it anyway. Taught me a few things though and I agree with all your points. Do you do videos on any other photo software besides LR.? Anyway, new subscriber, here.

  • Reply quicktastic August 14, 2019 at 3:54 am

    For saturation I like to walk away from a photo after editing it and get a cup of coffee or something and then come back and look at it again. Often, it will look over saturated to me and I will tone it down.

  • Reply Andy Coatsworth August 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you Serge for an informative video delivered with passion. I like your sentiment. I presume you used say Kodachrome in preference to Ektachrome!

  • Reply mark rigg August 14, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    6th biggest mistake…… too much magenta……

  • Reply Dee Potter August 16, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Fantastic points! It's so helpful of you to share your evolution with us. It expedites our growth in photography so much faster than by fumbling endlessly through trial and error ourselves. Thank you! 😀

  • Reply Dean Tan August 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

    I love the old Serge! The dodging and burning is the money maker 🙂 But is this limited to US market? Or everyone thinks that the old style was not so good?

  • Reply Bill B August 18, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Great video – one of my pet peeves, is when a photo is over processed. I want the photo to be the best possible representation of what I saw, not a made up picture. One of the reasons I think Luminar is going in the wrong direction, introducing sky replacement. Again, I want people to see what I saw. I want to be a photographer, not an artist !!!

  • Reply Daniel Bastos August 18, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Great video, Serge! Many thanks.

  • Reply Smart Motion Media August 20, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Serge…. you use PS Classic…do you think classic is better than the new Photoshop?

  • Reply Nathan Smith Photography August 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Really enjoyed this, and basically "less is more". The only thing that surprised me in this and a previous video of yours Serge is that you don't use the backslash key to toggle between "before" and "after" in the Develop module. It's so much faster. I'm an American now living in Italy, and the Italian keyboard is different than the American keyboard, so if your keyboard is French, it might be a different key, but in the Develop module you'll find what key it is under View, Before/After, then Before Only. It's been in Lightroom since the Beta of version 1. You probably already know this. But of course in both Photoshop and Lightroom there are multiple ways of doing the same thing, so it may just be personal preference. Again, learned a lot from this video. Thanks Serge.

  • Reply MO LE MONTAGNARD August 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Je repense à une vidéo passée que tu as publié :
    Il faut croire que tu as revu tes post-traitement moins flashy. Le village construit sur le rocher au bord de mer rentre dans une des remarques que tu soulèves ici, qu'il faut donc éviter. Pourrais-tu m'en dire un peu plus, avec le recul, sur ta vision que tu avais à l'époque et ta manière d'aborder ce type de post-traitement que tu nous conseilles d'éviter maintenant stp ?

  • Reply Jody Ellis August 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks Serge. Good reminders!

  • Reply Julie Warrington August 24, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Extremely helpful. Thank you

  • Reply SubZero8007 August 27, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    One of your best videos. I've opened Lightroom and adjusted a few of my own photos after this video, and they instantly looked better!
    Thanks, "Mr Magenta" 🙂

  • Reply Yoosaf Abdulla August 29, 2019 at 7:28 am

    You are doing great Serge. I was wondering when can you give a video on how to work with images of landscapes with cinematic effect while maintaining the HDR too. I am not sure if this is a weird request but I am just thinking. I have been following your videos for 4 years now. we love you, Serge.

  • Reply haro82 September 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Some really good points here. That being said, I like a lot of your older work. Sometimes you want natural, but sometimes you just want to create art. You cant go wrong either way. It just depends on the purpose of the photo.

  • Reply Barry Shepherd September 4, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I have resubscribed to you since seeing this video. Here is another thought. You go very quickly with your shortcuts in LR Develop. Maybe do a video on how you move quickly from 1 tool to another. For example, deleting saturation in the brush tool. These things ar very basic but many people are using the mouse for everything but it's better to use the shortcuts.

  • Reply Scott Weaver September 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    This is the Serge confesses video. (But we love you!)

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