I’m following up on one of my posts from last month. For the record, I’m not actually afraid of Photoshop. In fact, I adore it. In my original post, I asked the question, “How much is too much in terms of editing a photo?” There were some really great opinions that were shared. Some think any amount of editing is fine as long as the subject is still recognizable. Others said some editing is okay, but there shouldn’t be so many changes that the photo loses its original feel. Others think it depends on the picture.
To be honest, I still haven’t made up my mind on this. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture that I thought had been editing too much, so for now I’m taking the stance “edit til your heart’s content!”
I think sometimes editing a picture is necessary to add interest to it. I’ve always heard that great pictures are the ones that tell a story, bring up a memory, or portray an emotion. But what if your original picture doesn’t do this? Should you scrap it or edit the crap out of it to make it usable?
Take this picture for example:
I darkened the blacks and added a cooling photo filter. I personally really like the picture now. It reminds me of a book I once read and gives me a feeling of calm. When I look at this, I see myself walking through the woods in the early morning looking for something (a person? An object?). The before picture didn’t do any of these things. It’s just amazing what a little editing can do.
Here’s another example:
On a completely unrelated note, I recently found out my boss is sending me to Portland, Oregon in a few months for a conference! I’ve never been to the west coast (with the exception of a 3 day visit to L.A. 6 years ago) so I’m really exciting to go. I’m hoping I’ll have enough free time to take some pictures and share them here with you.