Editing photos after eight years is still one of my favorite things to do as a photographer. I love to see the transformation. I know many photographers end up hiring someone else to do the editing, because it does take a big chunk of time. There is nothing wrong with that.
I like to keep the edits simple, so it is still manageable for me to do the editing, but leaves me time to run a business, and shoot the photos.
One of the bests things you can do to keep editing photos manageable is to get the photo cropped and exposed right in camera. I usually shoot my photos a little under exposed, then bring them to Lightroom to give them a little boost. Occasionally, I will bounce my photos into Photoshop to do a little editing, but I usually don't like too, because that takes more time. Besides, most the photos I take don't need the additional edit from Photoshop.
Now, over time I have created my own presets, which also helps me with editing time. There are many presets you can purchase or even get for free from other photographers. Definitely something to look into if you are interested going that route.
Below are a few "before and after" shots I took and edited. Tell me, by going through these photos, what are the main things you notice about the transformation between the two? I notice mostly warmth, change in exposure and blacks. Using these three editing options, go load a photo into Lightroom and try them out. Maybe even make a few other edits. You can transform a photo and bring to life your style. I would love to hear about it.
Alright, second, can you tell me where these photos where taken? I will give you one hint, they are all near Ellensburg, WA.