Embracing the Storm: Editing for Emotion

Everything you need to know about editing for emotion in lightroom

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  • 13 all-new presets that you can use right away
  • Assignment to help you improve and practice
  • Workbooks that you can always reference back
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Your Outcome

About this course

There’s a certain kind of alchemy that happens once the clients leave… We load the files onto our computer, and as each photo begins to load one by one by one we see magical moments immortalized in images of split second joy, love, tenderness and emotive silent stories unfold.

We see the captures and begin to choose our favorites– the ones that really cause a stir inside. These are the ones we will add the extra attention and love of editing to. These are the images which such strong foundational elements they deserve to be polished for our clients to truly do justice to the moments they want to remember.

Editing our images is a necessary piece of being a professional photographer. You can try all you want to create the perfect image without having to take your image into a program like Lightroom, but trust me when I say this, there’s a level of professionalism, polish and enhancement that all photos need to take them from good to great. It’s the great images that cause emotions to stir, hearts to race and memories to come flooding back. The great images are the ones so full of life and full of attention to detail that make your clients sing praises to their friends about how wonderful you are when images from their session are hung with honor on the walls of their homes.

When we edit, we are simply enhancing the capabilities of our cameras and bringing to life the true nature of what we photographed. Truthfully, our cameras are often unable to capture everything exactly the way we see it and a little editing can go a long way to bring details back into the picture, to make the stormy sky look as dramatic as it did the day the clouds were rolling in your clients were right in front of your lens, and to ensure each thoughtfully curated detail is given the attention it deserves. It’s in your hands to align the natural magic captured behind the lens and turn into visual magic in lightroom

I am taking you through my entire editing process from start to finish, showing you each and every little tweak, adjustment and detail as possible so you can learn how to conjure and implement the magic that will put your clients under a spell that will last as long as the heirloom albums being passed down from generation to generation.

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Course Curriculum


  •  Introduction (7:27)
  •  About Me


  •  Backups

Exposing for the edit

  •  How I expose for different types of light (51:43)

Importing your images

  •  File Organization (10:27)
  •  Importing Images (13:35)
  •  Culling (23:49)

Lightroom Modules explained

  •  Basic Panel
  •  Tone Curve
  •  HSL Panel
  •  Split Toning
  •  Detail
  •  Lens Corrections
  •  Transform
  •  Effects
  •  Calibration
  •  Graduated Filter
  •  Range Masking
  •  Bonus: My favorite Lightroom shortcuts
  •  Bringing it all together: Stylized Edit (56:05)
  •  Bringing it all together: Color Edit (10:21)
  •  Bringing it all together: Black and White Edit (17:33)


  •  Introduction to Editing
  •  Match Total Exposure (4:26)
  •  Batch Editing (2:23)
  •  Presets (4:05)
  •  Harsh Light (95:29)
  •  Back Light (38:19)
  •  Overcast (62:27)
  •  Blue Hour (43:20)
  •  Indoors (31:25)
  •  Green Tones (13:00)
  •  Dappled and filtered light (26:25)
  • Finishing Touches
  •  Portraiture (8:01)
  •  Alien Skin (20:20)
  •  Photoshop Edits (20:29)
  •  Skin smoothing and color pop (12:56)
  •  Creating Gifs (9:22)


  •  The One Lightroom Plugin You Have to Have!
  •  Export settings for everything! (10:31)
  •  Creating a Slideshow (22:25)
  •  Digital Gallery Setup and Delivery (25:37)
  •  Scheduling your social media (13:32)
  •  Storing your catalog


  •  Thank You + Resources

Facebook lives

  •  Skies and Skin (49:53)

Your Instructor

Twyla Jones

I’m Twyla! I’m a Kansas born biologist turned photographer and educator.

I am most passionate about sharing my knowledge and the way I see the world with other creatives who desire to more authentically express their truth; their wild within.

I haven’t always done what I love for a living; photographing effortlessly beautiful sessions, traveling the world teaching other creatives and sharing my knowledge through online courses.

Just a few years ago I was a histologist at a pathology lab looking for a creative outlet and wishing I could spend more time traveling and loving on my babies. A few months after my second child was born my husband encouraged me to set my iPhone down and invest in a real camera. I had no idea this would lead to living a creatively fulfilled life doing what I love; conjuring and preserving beautiful memories for others while simultaneously sharing my skill set with other photographers.

Being a wife, mother and photographer has fueled a heightened awareness of all the amazing, subtle ways I connect with my family. I use this as inspiration to recreate those moments for clients. I am asked most often to teach others how to tap into the beautiful connections in their own lives, enabling them to find their own heart and soul in the images they create.

The greatest gift I have been given is the platform to share my view of the world with other photographers. Showing them how effortless a session can be and connecting them with the tools to create soulful, emotive images is my greatest pleasure. Finding yourself through your art and learning to guide your clients into moments that make you want to simultaneously laugh and cry is my mission for you.

I currently reside on the beautiful east coast of Florida and spend my waking hours being present in the beautiful moments that make up my life with my husband, exploring with my two adventurous little boys, and helping other photographers find the confidence they need to create meaningful, authentic artwork for both themselves and their clients.

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