The Importance of Good Editing in Photography
Selecting just a few photographs from thousands upon thousands of captures is an uphill task that every photographer faces at some point of time. Not adding much solace to this is the fact that most photographers are among the worst editors when it comes to their work. Then again, some say that this is why you have photo editors and art directors, but that is an all different story in itself. Here we take a look at the best way you can go about the editing process, where you choose the best of the lot.
- Filtering– Start by filtering out the obvious images that don’t make the cut- blurred images, over-exposed images, images with poor composition and so on. Then again keep an eye out for images that immediately appeal to you, and which don’t need a second glance to decide whether or not they go into the selected images pile. Of course, if you are editing your photos, chances are you will not be able to go about the process objectively, as you will probably pick the images that took the most effort (think a long trek up a mountain), even though the captures may be average. What you could do is to wait a couple of days before you do the second round of filtering so you can focus on just the end result and not .
- Exposure and Sharpness– Exposure is something that photographers should look for while selecting photos from many entries. While it is true that this is something that you should look for in the camera, it may not always work in your favor. Some times making adjustments with digital tools for the purpose may make the image appear squished in certain areas, making it appear unnatural. Choosing images with the right exposure even before you start editing is advised for the same reason. We usually tend to notice patterns, edges and textures when we look at images, and these aspects help us realize the main subject of the picture indirectly. Make sure you choose a photo that is sharper and has more detailing, so you can modify and blur out parts of the image later on, as and when required, as opposed to choosing an already blurred image which cannot be sharpened.
- Movement and gesture– Even two pictures that are taken milliseconds within each other and look identical at the surface, may have minor discrepancies that can make a drastic difference to how they are perceived by the viewer, and you need to pay attention to this while selecting images. You need to have a keen sense of observation to notice the little differences in angles and positioning between objects or people that may alter the meaning,by placing images side by side and comparing them. Look for lighting cues in the pictures and see if they tend to make inanimate subjects seem more in line with your story. As far as movement goes, it is a question of what you are looking to convey through the image, or what aspect of it you wish to show the viewer that you need to take into account while choosing between images. For instance, if you were capturing the shot of a busy subway, the blurred motion would sit well with the speed of movement and the underlying idea of busy lifestyles as well, and would make it a better pick over a shot of a subway train in still motion.
- Bonus tip: Some times, even an unintended surprise element in the click may make it intriguing. So do not toss picture aside just because it was unintentionally photo-bombed, or the like. What you need to make sure is the surprise element does not become a distraction from the main subject of the photo while choosing good editions.