5 Best Photo Editing Tips
Taking photos is and always will be the fun part of railway photography. Editing, on the other hand, not so much!
But it doesn’t have to be. With these top 5 tips, you’ll be on your way to editing photos like a pro, saving time and mental space for more photography.
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5. Amend Your Camera Settings to Reduce Post Editing
It is not uncommon to take over a hundred pictures, especially if you take on a burst stream. Whilst a valid form of photography, it can play havoc on you later in editing.
Save time by amending your settings in-camera. That way, you’re already a step ahead of the game. Then, you can change the exposure with a quick spin of a dial. Zoom in for a tighter crop. Straighten that horizon line. It’s better than fussing with it later in post-editing, especially if you have to adjust a hundred horizon lines individually.
4. Build a System
There is nothing worse than photo dumping an entire days work into one folder. Sifting endlessly through each image until you find the ones you like is a colossal waste of time.
Instead, build a system for your photos. Then, you can section them in whatever way you like, for example.
The takeaway for this is simple, put files in place to find them later. A simple system is a calm mind.
3. Use Your Best Images
The secret to effective photo editing is an obvious one. Use your best images only!
Why waste time trying to fix an image that needs too much work. Effective editing requires very little work, for example.
A rudimentary editing structure focuses on lighting, white balance, composition, and noise. If your focus is more than these 4 points, it is not the image to use. Remember, you only want the best shot.
Any editing you do is only to amplify the quality!
To do this, I review each image individually and discard any I instantly don’t like!
Sounds harsh, I know, but why waste time editing a lousy photo when the next one is near perfect?
As stated before, adjusting the camera settings will allow for a faster post-edit time later. Then, once you have removed all unwanted images, it’s time to utilise the best time-saving tool, batch editing!
(Please note, dependent on your editing software, the process may differ, but all editing software is similar and have similar functions)
Start by editing one photo in your chosen editor program.
Then make a copy of your settings from the first image.
Then add all images you wish to edit.
Paste the settings into the editor program, and then hit sync.
And you are done! All the images are now batch-edited. A slight warning, this must only be done on similar images with similar problems, for example, one shoot day for one specific train. Do not try to apply the batch process to entirely different pictures.
1. Be Decisive
There are a thousand ways to edit a digital image; non are right or wrong. What matters here is what you like. There’s no harm in trying a few different styles of post-editing. But there will come the point where you need to make a choice.
The best way of doing this is to keep a copy of the original image. Then, once you have finished editing, compare the two. Is it better? If not, then try again. If yes, then great you have done all that you need to do.
There you go. My top 5 photo editing tips. Spending more time at the beginning of the process will stop wasting it later.
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