Don’t be afraid to edit your photos in post

I’m a firm believer that a little goes a long way and I take that same mindset and apply it in everything I do. Photography being no exception.

A lot of problems I see on your typical social media sites such as instagram, Flickr, and Tumblr are people uploading highly over-processed images or literally straight out of camera (sooc) boring images.

So what is a good balance?

Do enough post editing to make the image look as you’ve originally framed it to be before you depressed the shutter button without distracting the viewer with too much shit going on.

I write this because of a picture I took last night of my Olympus PEN-F for a “portrait of my camera”.

ISO 1600 | f/6.3 | 1/40

Most people would probably be happy with this picture and leave it at that. It’s clean, elegant, and warm.

We’re done here right?

Not to me.

For almost a decade as I’ve grown as a photographer, I’ve started to acquire a certain look that was aesthetically pleasing to me depending on the subject and the color tone (in this case, the color tone was a bit too warm to me).

After about 5 minutes adjusting things in VSCO, I’ve come to this:

To me, this is aesthetically pleasing to me with the warm feel, but I also wanted to show off the fine aluminum finish on the camera itself, so I changed the color temperature on the camera itself to look “cooler” than the rest of thr image. Doing this naturally draws your eyes to the camera while subtly fading (but still being a part of the picture) the other objects, like the watch, pen, and notepad.

My general rule of thumb is that if it takes your longer than 5 minutes to edit your picture, then you’re doing too much.

At the end of the day, your art is YOUR art and while it might not appeal to a wide audience,  if it matches your “vision” – then you’re succeeding as a photographer.

Just don’t go too overboard with the digital crayons 😉

Gear Used:

  • Sony A7II
  • Sony Zeiss FE 55 f/1.8

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