Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blogs for Photogs // a great photo editing tip!

We've mentioned this before in our classes but it's very true! Editing consistency is very important for your photography. If you hang a photo on your wall or someone else's wall from one season, and then another the next and so on... you'll want the editing to be very similar or the same. Consistency with your editing style, skintones and lighting is key! Find a style and stick with it. :) In addition, here are two HUGE things that have helped me with editing:

  • Always edit in the same amount of light (your monitor will look different in different light/at different times of the day) - the windows in my office are completely blacked out so I'm always editing in the dark! It really helps me stay consistent with editing!
  • Don't edit an entire session or group of pictures in one sitting. Edit it, come back later and double check! For example: sometimes I'll edit a session that appeared very cool/blue straight out of camera. I'll bump up the warm a lot and think it's a huge improvement from where I started. Then I'll come back later and even the edited image looks too cool so I'll make it warmer and closer to the actual skintones. Or sometimes it starts very cool so I'll over correct and make it too warm the first time through. My point is, you see a lot more the second time around when you've had a mini break from the images!

Final Edited image:

yakima photography

First time editing:

Straight out of camera:

Canon 5D mk ii, 70-200mm 2.8L lens, // f/2.8, 1/200 sec., ISO-320, center focus, natural light

As you can see, it changed quite a bit from the original image to the final one.... with one stop in the middle. Even if you like the middle one better, the top image is more consistent with our portfolio and editing style so that was my goal. :)

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