This is how you edit a photo for print with Lightroom

With an optimization, we improve your photo on a number of points and prepare it for printing on Xpozer. In this case we used Lightroom Classic.

In the video we show you what a photo optimization entails based on this landscape photo.


Our first step is a quick analysis of the photo: Beautiful landscape, good composition and perfectly sharp, although there are some spots and other distracting objects. The colors could use a boost and maybe we can bring back some more details in the sky.

Expert Tip: Before you really start with any adjustments, first check whether the aspect ratio is suitable for the desired format. If necessary, crop the photo to get the desired proportions.

Before Xpozer's Photo Optimization

After Xpozer's Photo Optimization

To get the best out of this landscape photo and to make your photo on Xpozer splash off the wall, we take the following steps.

Good to know: when we print a photo, it always turns out a bit darker than you see the photo on your screen. So I always start by lightening, in particular, the shadows.


Photo Optimization? This Is What We Did. 

Exposure

The exposure of your photo is essential for a beautiful print! When a photo is too dark or too light, you lose detail during printing. That would be a real shame. But when is your exposure perfect?

Expert Tip: Send in RAW Photos instead of your JPEGs. If you want to process your photos later, you should definitely shoot in RAW format, or RAW + Jpeg format, to avoid data loss. RAW files offer more data. This makes editing a lot easier and more detailed.

Contrast

Did you know contrast is essential to a striking image? In fact, it’s crucial. Contrast adds depth to an image, making it more attractive. It invites the viewer to really look at a photo and the story behind it. Learn how contrast works to create an even stronger image. 

Saturation

Color brings your photo to life. From a beautiful sunset in Morocco, the purple lavender fields in the South of France or the tulips in the Netherlands. To make sure that your photo really stands out, you have to play with color. 

Horizon/Distortion

Have you ever taken a photo in which buildings seemed to be leaning backwards, or other lines were not 100% straight? It can happen to the best of photographers. You want your photo print to match reality, so buildings and other lines in your photo should be straight. You might see it twenty times larger on a print (and of course you don’t want the Eiffel Tower to look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa). 

Spot Removal

A spotless photo is the dream of every photographer. Unfortunately, we do find ourselves in many situations in which this is not the case. Luckily, there are things such a as Lightroom or Luminar, great tools to make sure you get the best out of our photos. 

Sharpening and Noise Reduction

Sharpening a photo is often forgotten, however, when you want to get your photo ready for print it’s essential. When you work with RAW files it is even necessary to sharpen your photos. The details of your photo are shown much larger on a print. With a JPG file, your camera automatically applies a standard sharpening to your photo, but it’s always wise to apply a bit of extra sharpening.

After the Optimization

You’ll no longer see spots on the optimized version, lens errors have been resolved, the colors are clear. You can see that the optimized photo makes a big impression! 

Do you have a photo you would like our experts to optimize, click on the button below. We look forward to helping you get the best out of your photo!