From the very beginning, I knew I wanted my photos to stand out in an eye-catching and artistic way. So you can imagine my frustration when my photos came out dull and uninteresting when I simply snapped a photo with no thought as to what I was doing.


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So I got to work learning everything I could, mostly from YouTube and Google, on composition, color, lighting, exposure, storytelling, and postprocessing with tools like Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

It's been about two and a have years since I started and I still have so much to learn. But I am very happy with the results I'm starting to get.

My process now is to use the knowledge I've taught myself to use composition, lighting, storytelling, and exposure when shooting and then color and exposure corrections and more storytelling in the postprocessing by adding or taking away elements in the photo that add to or take away from the story.

I look at each photo like it's a canvas. Once I take the photo it's like the first sketch. Then I add life to it by literally painting over it to create the piece of art I had in my mind.

A lot of people will say "you're not a real photographer because you use Photoshop", and maybe that's true. But that's ok because I don't really consider myself to be a photographer anyway, I consider myself to be an artist.

I believe in always continuing to learn and improve. And I love to teach what I've learned.

So if you would like to learn how I edit my photos, I have recorded myself editing all of the photos in this article on my website and explaining my workflow.

Also, follow me on social media to see more of my work.

More info: philliphaumesserphotography.com

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phansfanta 2 weeks ago

The violin is hot 10/10 would play

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McPhilips 2 weeks ago

Now that is good editing in my opinion.

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NWB 2 weeks ago

a lot of these are just a lighting issue to start with

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Robert Rohrs 2 weeks ago

The "before" on this one is good even before the manipulation.

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C.Marrero 2 weeks ago

Cute teddy bear

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NevadaJo 2 weeks ago

If you shoot with dimmer settings on your camera you will be able to capture more focused areas and then fix it in PS as to if you have to much light once you fix it their will have more unfocused areas and some times you won't be able to fix it.

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A Dog Person 2 weeks ago

I like the first one better

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Just a Purpler 2 weeks ago

The skill is great in this picture, but in my opinion I like the original more. The snow takes away a little bit to much from the three main focus points.

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Edy Eko 2 weeks ago

The sky templates from that horse photo

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Daria Zotova 2 weeks ago

Not the best place to lie with a book in the last picture ❄️😪

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Bobby Brady 2 weeks ago

Greatly prefer the realistic original.

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McPhilips 2 weeks ago

Why are the before pictures always so terribly dark?

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sharron lynn parsons 2 weeks ago

The after is excellent, especially as the baby reached for the buttercup !!!

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Beans 1 week ago

The color overlay on this doesn't work because you mostly lose the rainbow, with it, when the rainbow is an amazing part of the original. Also the reflection on the grass is somewhat lost to me, which is another beautiful part of the original.

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Christie Mathis 2 weeks ago

You're off to a good start. Some of your originals are better than the edits. Some of your edits are very yellow. I started out making this mistake myself which is why it really stands out to me. Great eye for framing things and very clean originals.

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Beans 1 week ago

Not sure why you removed the side tree-- it was a natural framing object which drew the eye to the subject of the boys. Without it in the frame, the picture loses something interesting.

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Beans 1 week ago

Again the before is amazing in set up and execution. The effects in the second are just trying too hard.

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sharron lynn parsons 2 weeks ago

The before is excellent !!!

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Faramir10 2 weeks ago

I like the before one, but the after one is too light.