I have watched a few professional photographers edit photos. Honestly, I do not like editing much. I feel it takes a lot of time and it can be a rabbit hole that you can get lost in. However, being that I still consider myself an intermediate hobbyist photographer, I figure I can probably offer a different view on how I edit photos. Below you will find what I do most of the time. I use Adobe Lightroom to edit photos. Once in a great while I use Adobe Photoshop but I am not including that down below.
- Adjust Exposure
- Adjust White balance (look at skin tones)
- Check Enable Profile Corrections (under Lens Correction)
- Crop and Straighten
- Adjust Shadows or Highlights if I feel there is too much or too little
- Adjust Clarity
- Adjust Vibrance
- Adjust Saturation carefully (you do not want too much typically)
- Possibly use a preset (usually a Shultz Photo School preset)
- Possibly tweak preset by doing numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, & 8 again.
Well, that is what works for me at the moment. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them. Adios!