Today, we will discuss the most common editing errors of professional and beginner photographers. We will be discussing all of these errors together. Let’s now look at what you should not do with your photos to avoid making these editing mistakes.
First, don’t go too far with editing.
When editing, lighting is the most important aspect to pay attention to. The lighting affects the subject, the balance of the image and the colours. Too often, photographers go one step further and make images look less natural. These are the dangers and crimes we are referring to.
You need to know when enough is enough. It would be best if you got your images perfect in camera. The editing tool can give the image a more pleasing look.
It is more striking to have more contrast. T
his is not something I can lightly say. No. Photo editing software can be tempting because it allows you to enhance your images with more contrast. Contrast can make your photos more vibrant and lively, but be cautious with the colours you use. Unnatural colours will not be praised unless you’re using computer graphics and digital arts.
Smoothing skin to robot level
Editing skin imperfections and blemishes is acceptable in portraits. If skin editing becomes too much, portraits can look robotic and surreal. Be mindful of the original image when editing to avoid removing natural features or imperfections that make a person unique.
Be aware of where and how images will be used. Keep in mind the final result (will it go to galleries, websites, sales) Because the best image will be the full size or cropped to a maximum of 20%. This will allow your clients to crop the image more creatively and won’t compromise on quality. Although clients may not always know the best way to do things, they should be allowed and encouraged to make mistakes or create masterpieces.
Layering is not important.
This rookie error will ruin your edited image in Photoshop in approximately 30 moves. After that, there will be no return. Ignoring layers can result in amateur looking images. Understanding the importance of layers and layering will save you time in the future. You’ll be able to create seamless images by spending some time learning the basics.
Selective colour trap
The selective colour trap is an image where one colour stands out in monochrome shots. This image was taken immediately. It can sometimes be quite refreshing, but it is often very tacky. This is a dying trend. Instead of focusing on specific colours in your photos, focus on creating a black-and-white image or fixing the lighting and colours in the original colour shot.
Blurring backgrounds after production
Another reason to ensure your depth of field is correct in-camera is this. While blurring parts of an image can be acceptable, it is a dangerous task if you try to blur the background completely. This editing can make photos look unnatural, but you should try it.
Conversions of black and white that are not right
You know how tempting it is to make an image monochrome and hope that the lighting will improve. Common mistakes include taking an image that’s a little muddy. This means it has washed away the brown and grey undertones and turned them into grayscale. This results in a dull image that is impossible to salvage. It’s time to move on.
Curves? What are they?
Sometimes layers and shadows can get overlapping, blurring colours. It takes practice to master curves and learn about different channels so that your pictures have as realistic a colour palette as possible. You should not use this if there is an issue with the lighting.
Keep your eyes on the prize.
People’s eyes are the next most popular spot to spend around 90% of your time in a portrait. Eyes are the windows into the soul, but they don’t have to look creepy, doll-like. Keep it natural. It is better to be natural and embrace imperfections than to look perfect.
Teeth like pearls
Remember that Friends episode where Ross had his teeth whitened and were the only light source in a room when the lights were turned off? It turns out, yes. But it is possible in post-production with big smiles. To fully grasp the concept, you must watch the episode.