When it comes to street photography, much of the aesthetic appeal is the limited editing that usually takes place (or doesn’t take place, I guess), leaving the story and subject the focus of the image instead of creative editing. But that’s not to say that editing should be left out of the equation or completely disregarded.
If you’re wondering where that line should sit, this tutorial by Swiss street photographer Thomas Leuthard shows you what he does when he imports his street photos into Lightroom 5.
The main takeaway from the video is that you should keep your post-processing short and sweet when it comes to street photography. Each photo, Leuthard maintains, should take less than a minute to edit from start to finish. And so the steps he shows you are minimal, and serve as a great foundation upon which you can build your own editing workflow.
The entire video comes in at 7-and-a-half minutes, so be sure to set some time aside at lunch and give it a watch.
P.S.: For those of you using Apple’s Aperture to edit your photography, Leuthard shared an Aperture 3 tutorial some time ago that utilizes the same techniques, just in a different piece of software.