How much you edit your photos is dependent on several factors.
Are you printing them?
Are they going to be viewed on a computer screen?
Are they going to be printed in a magazine?
What are your personal tastes in photography?
The list is endless, and depending on the list – your editing needs will vary.
I've received comments from people saying, "Oh, you use Photoshop," in a disappointed tone of voice.
Professional photographers are ALL editing their photos.
Today, I wanted to show you a quick example of some editing I recently did on a photo.
Here's the original, very beautiful, sunset shot:
The above photo has only had slight modifications. I sized it for the web and converted the color profile to a web-friendly format for you. Also, I watermarked it. In other words, I've done nothing to the color or "look" of the photo whatsoever. (Sizing it and putting it into a web-friendly color format are standard for every photo I put on the web and neither changes the "look" of the photo.)
When I was done editing the photo it looked like this:
The changes I made were minor, and depending on your monitor – you may not even notice a difference.
Here they are side by side with the unedited photo on the left:
(It's probably easier to see such subtle differences in the larger photos than in the side to side comparison.)
Do I ever get in the mood to "play" more with certain photos?
Sometimes I do.
Overall, I'm generally a "light" photo editor though.
It's a matter of personal preference.
I consider photography a form of art.
Whoever takes the photo has the "right" to do whatever they want/like to it.
For instance, I'm not a huge fan of HDR photography but I can still tip my hat to those who do it well. (By the way, the vast majority of people DON'T do it well. Just my opinion …!)
So what kind of editing do you do to your photos?
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