As part of my Masterclass, my students get to edit my own photos to improve their Lightroom skills. I select drone photos that I have not edited and published before. This way there is no comparison. However they are sure to be able to work on images that are sharp (taken with my Mavic 2 Pro) and have the right exposure.
In the second editing contest, my students were able to choose between these 2 RAW images:
Their job is to then determine the right composition and start editing it in their own style. Which isn’t always easy obviously. And finally export it in a 4:5 portrait format, ready to post on Instagram.
The participants submit their best edit, which is then voted upon in my Instagram stories by my followers. The winner gets a nice shout-out on my stories. Visibility that is otherwise hard to obtain! 😉
Improve skills through personalized feedback
Afterwards I send them a personal feedback video with my tips on how to still improve their edit. Everyone is limited by their current skills and their progress within the Masterclass. With this personalized feedback, they can really speed up their learning curve, as now they know what to focus on more!
Editing is always a matter of personal taste. So my feedback really focuses on the technical faults, compositional tips, overall color balance and how to improve their personal style.
Here’s the winning edit of the second contest: