Editing

May 06, 2014  •  4 Comments

Between some exceptionally busy days at work and photo editing, I have been spending a lot of time in front of the computer recently.  Editing is my absolute least favourite part of the photo process (unless it's raining killer zombies from outer space, then staying inside is not so bad) I just feel guilty sitting on the couch while the TV drones on in the background, sifting through image after image when I could be outside somewhere.   My camera is a lovely little beast and I know she misses me, but the thought of editing photos after a shoot has me convinced to leave the camera in it's place.

The vast majority of the editing I have been doing lately are for headshots, weddings and music gigs so I have been intently staring at people on my computer screen.  I do enjoy photographing people, they are much more engaging to talk to than a moutain, but after a few weeks of carefully selecting, masking,  dodging and burning images long after the conversations have ended, I had to give myself a bit of a break from all the eyes staring back at me from my computer screen.


 

In hindsight, perhaps the break I should have taken was one away from the computer, but it was a snowy day and though there were no killer zombies from outer space falling from the sky, I decided that snow was almost as bad and I opted to stay inside.  With no new landscape material to edit, I started to revisit old sets from the past several months and work on some photos that didn't make the first cut.

 

 

My eyes were just as fuzzy and my brain just as foggy when I returned to the work I needed to do, but the change of pace was a welcome break.  I'm excited to get back out in the world just the camera and me,  once all my work is done.

 


Comments

Dave(non-registered)
I knew I had seen it some where south of Calgary. Thanks.
Llisa Bastard Photography
Derek, some day ,when I learn how to do screen caps, I'll post a step by step from raw to finished for you.


Dave, the rock is the Okotoks big rock, just west of Okotoks on the #7, visible from the highway. It's pretty hard to miss.
Dave(non-registered)
Well said Llisa. I couldn't agree more about the editing process. I also find I spend a lot longer on portraits than on landscapes, but i don't do nearly as many portrait type photos or have the quality that you do.

I really like the second landscape in this series. Is the rock out cropping photo from down by Nanton?
Derek(non-registered)
What I would love to see is a step by step of an image and thought process as you go through the digital darkroom editing process.

First, the raw image, with a description of what you like and what needs to be changed. Then as you apply each change, what specific change are you making, and why?

I do virtually no darkroom work, other than to touch up some contrast or correct a bit of brightness. Not that I have to tools to do any more than that anyway, it's just that I hope to capture everything correctly at the time. But I'm curious as to how an image of a landscape changes as you edit, and why you think those changes are needed.
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