Before and After look at Editing

April 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I really don't like to use the word editing. That implies fixing or correction. At least it does to me. There's no question you can make countless adjustments and corrections for any image. But there are certain things that can't be fixed like focus or motion blur. There are other things that can be addressed like shadows across the subjects face but these can be extremely time consuming. For me, the editing process is about taking a good image and enhancing it so that it is even better. As professionals, the objective is to get creatively and properly exposed images with good composition out of the camera. These are called the SOOC or shot out of camera image. 

 

Here is an example of an SOOC image.

 

LIttle boy jumping for fun photo session in Chester SpringsGM3A8056

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a casual shot that I took when my kids were out playing in the driveway. The light is even, the action is frozen, great expression and I like his position in the frame.

 

 

Here is the same shot with a color edit.

 

Photo of little boy jumping, color editGM3A8056-Edit The colors are deeper, more pronounced and more contrast so his face pops more than in the SOOC image. The image is not fixed but enhanced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the same image with a mono-tone edit or Black and White. I used one with deep contrast to enhance the action here. 

Which version do you like? I would love to read you comments. 

 

BW image of little boy jumping in Chester Springs during a photo session.GM3A8056-Edit-2

 

So, whether on a shoot for a client or just some everyday snapshots of my kids, I always edit my images. I heart the editing process! 

Thanks for reading!


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