Post processing photographs is something that I really enjoy doing. This week I went back to some of the photos I edited last week and realized that there was something missing from them. I liked the overall effect I had created, but they didn’t seem quite right. This wasn’t a case of making ‘one more change’.
So I started playing around again. In the original version I had desaturated the colors a bit. This caused the picture to cool down. I like the muted colors, but this caused the young’s girl’s face to appear darker or cooler than it should have been. The first thing I did was try to use some fill flash with the Lightroom adjustment brush. That wasn’t quite right though.
Next I played with the white balance and warmed up the whole picture. And that did it! The overall colors still had the slightly washed out tone I was looking for but her face had some more color in it. Both pictures are nice. Each has there own feel but the warmer one is better is more of what I ‘saw’ in my mind.
What I have realized is that after I shoot and then do some post-processing I need to step back for a few days. Once the immediacy of the edits has worn off then I can go back, take another look at them and finish them up.
What is your process for edits?