Editing in Lightroom – From Start to Finish

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On September 7, 2013
Lightroom is one of the tools that I could NOT live without in my business.  It is such an incredible time saver and can do almost all of the heavy lifting that Photoshop can do….much faster.  Really the only things that I do in Photoshop any more are cloning, targeted color adjustments, and very specialized things such as extending a canvas or fixing localized color casts.

I'm a huge fan of clean and vibrant editing.  I want my images to look like real life, not an old vintage photograph.  Not that there is anything wrong with different editing styles, this is just the style that best represents me and my artistic vision.  In the video below I take an image from SOOC through to my final edit through Lightroom.

If you would like to see the video a little larger….go to the Hair of the Dog YouTube channel.


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  1. Pauline Davis


    I just discovered your blog through Ragamuffin Photography and LOVE it!!!!! I also love Lightroom and have LR4 but have been thinking of using Photoshop Elements 11 for erasing/removing dog leads, distracting objects in the background etc etc. Can you show us how to do this in LR if you use it this way. I would love to learn this!!!! Keep up the good work!!!!

    • Nicole

      Hi Pauline! I am not a fan of the clone tool in LR and pretty much never use it. I do all of my heavy cloning/removing in Photoshop….and that is actually going to be this week’s tutorial!! 🙂

  2. Cathy Pratt Williams

    I would love to learn how to composite and head swap This is so great of you to do. Thank you

    • Nicole

      I’ll add that to the future list Cathy!


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