Photo Editing – What Professionals Would Have Liked to Have Known From the Start: in this age of digital photography it is important to not only know how to use your camera correctly but how to use the software of your choice for image processing. You can edit your photos both in camera and on your computer. But taking care of the basics before shooting the picture will reduce or might even eliminate the need for further editing. Here are some photography tips and tricks on how to do both.
During color correction you want to make sure the colors are true to what you have photographed. This is especially important in fashion photography, where it is vital that you are representing the product correctly, and in wedding photography, as no bride would want to see a yellowish cast on her dress!
Before: check the white balance and adjust the color temperature by choosing an appropriate mode on your digital camera or use a more accurate meter such as ExpoDisc to take care of it for you. You might also consider working with a grey card if you’re up for a trickier approach. Choose the method that suits you best!
After: color balance can be easily adjusted in lightroom or photoshop but if your monitor screen isn’t correctly calibrated you might be up for a nasty surprise once you see your photos in print! Use EyeOne for best results.
Sharpening will add detail and make items more distinctive in your photos. Fashion photography is a great example of this practice as sharpening is a must for the clothing’s details to really stand out.
Before: choose your lens carefully – glass quality matters tremendously and the higher it is the sharper it gets. Be prepared for the expense but the investment will reward you with crisper images. Also, make sure your focus is pitch perfect – sharpening a blurry photo won’t bring the desired effects.
After: you can use photo editing software to sharpen your images and there are many tutorials on just how to do this. Be careful not to over sharpen or it will create halos in your photo.
Contrast is the difference between the light and dark areas in your photo. Correcting it will help you create beautifully toned, eye-catching photographs.
Before: use a good polarizing filter, especially when the sky is in the picture!
After: while editing, you can increase the contrast in order to change the whole look of the image. Increase the contrast by a large amount and it’ll give the photo a darker, dramatic look. Or decrease it to achieve a washed out, dreamy scene. To help the colors pop, increase the contrast just a bit. You can experiment with the contrast sliders in your editing program to see which style you prefer.
Blurring is a good skill to use if you’d like to add depth to your photograph or diminish a background distraction.
Before: adjust the exposure accordingly and/or use a good diffusion filter on your lens.
After: your photo editing program should have a blur tool that you can use to paint the background with. Use Gaussian blur for best results.
It’s usually recommended to avoid applying too much saturation as it gives the photos an unnatural look but a little over saturation could add a richer feel to the image.
Before: a good polarizing filter can make the colors stand out.
After: saturation sliders in lightroom or photoshop will do the trick.
These photography tips and tricks for editing your photos are helpful if you have an interest in photography for beginners. To learn more in depth post processing skills try a couple of digital post processing photography workshops to get you started!