The Daily Blog #62
One of the most important skills in photography is editing. Editing is what happens before you post-process. Post-processing is when you use techniques and software to finish an image, while editing is filtering through the photos that you have taken to choose which ones you want to process. It is also editing is when you are deciding which photos you will present to your client, or what will be in your portfolio. That makes being a good editor of your own work as important as the actual shooting.
The editing process is also where you find the errors and the triumphs, the winners and losers. When the winners are found, they get post-processed so they can be presented, shared, or printed. The process of editing teaches you about your own photographic skills and tendencies, and can also save you valuable time. Your time is a scarce, non-renewable resource and you probably don’t want to waste it editing images that are not your best.
The editing process can also reveal things you had not noticed right away. At first glance, I wasn’t in love with this shot… but I didn’t hate it either. It was only after I noticed the airplane shape in the clouds that it came together for me. I am not saying that the shape in the clouds catapulted this image to greatness, but it definitely helped add a little interest to the composition. Sometimes, it really is the little things that separate the keepers from the duds.
There can be so many variables to consider during the process of shooting, it’s easy to overlook the details. The editing process is where you learn about what you didn’t see out in the field so you can prevent mistakes next time. If you are lucky, you might even be pleasantly surprised by what you didn’t see.
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