Ever wonder what exactly a photographer is doing when they are editing your images?
The world of editing is so vast. Many photographers are Photoshop geniuses that can take a normal photo and throw in a giraffe and fairies and still make it look realistic! My personal editing style is clean and bright. This means I work with light and colors without changing what is really there. I'm going to give you a little peek of what my editing looks like with a before and after on some of my personal photos. (And please know that this isn't easy...it makes me feel a little naked to show you my images before I've completed them through editing!)
I shoot in RAW so this means my before photos will look a little flat compared to what you normally see on the back of a camera. When you use a DSLR camera set to JPEGS, you may be choosing the settings, but your camera does the developing of the photo. This means the camera applies some basic editing. When I shoot in RAW, it means I get to personally apply the sharpening and color details. Just as film has to be developed, RAW images have to be "developed" digitally by the photographer. Below are a couple of before and after images showing my original RAW image vs the completed product.
Wondering how I managed to get in this one? I'm almost never in my family photos because I'm always behind the camera. Every once in a while I'll summon the courage and creativity to work myself in there so my children will have proof that I was actually around too! For this shot I set my camera on a tripod across the room. My camera has wifi capabilities that allow me to remote shoot from my phone. I set my camera with the settings I wanted (I always shoot in manual...but that's a post for another day!) and while I was spinning around with my little dancing queen, I tapped my phone to give myself a 10 second timer to get a natural, real life shot of us playing.
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