To edit, or not to edit. To crop, or not to crop.
The answer to these questions are your decisions to make. For you are “the creator” or, as I like to call myself, “the capturer.”
How do you decide which photos to adjust and which ones to leave alone?
Well, the best way is to trust your own eyes. To learn to do that, you have to try editing, to try cropping and to try making adjustments. It’s okay to try things, not like them, and revert back to the original. Just keep trying until you get the feeling you’re happy with it or as happy as you’re going to get.
Always have the original separate from the version you are working on, just in case you change your mind later. I tend to back up my files first and then choose which images I want to keep as “best” and then edit those ones specifically.
Here is one such image – a smiling, happy swimmer wearing a blue and white pair of goggles and a bright bathing suit.
And here it is three different ways.
Adjusted here by slightly changing the exposure, shadows, contrast and sharpness.
Now here is it with a temperature adjustment.
Is this necessary? No. Do I use all of these options on every photograph? No.
I try to take the best shot I possibly can in the moment and adjust only when I feel it’s absolutely necessary (this does not include fun filters which I will chat about in a future blog post!)
Scroll up and down and decide which version of this smiling, happy swimmer you like best.
Try it with your own photographs. Learn to develop your artist’s eye by doing and don’t be afraid to make it wild, just for fun, but remember to have your original backed up in a separate folder or device.
I know which version I like best and although it may be different than yours, I trust my artist’s eye and save it under my favourites. I add the year is was taken, so I would name this one something like – happy swimmer with blue and white goggles, 2019.
These pictures are all edited using the basic toolkit in Apple preview however there are many editing programs and Apps available to choose from and many websites online offering tutorials on how best to use them.
Look into PhotoFunia, Photo Editor Pro or Lightroom depending on the computer system you use or SnapSeed, Lens Distortion or Instagram for iPhones.
Have fun when and if you choose to edit. It is often the final step before printing or sharing your art.
Remember, you are the artist, the capturer, and get the final say so on each and every photograph you take. In no time at all, you will be confident to edit your photographs with your Artist’s Eye.