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Are you guilty of the mistake of over-processing images


Over the years I must admit to being the worst possible culprit at over processing my images, I have seen a few worse than me but not many.

These days I like to think I have my own style of over processing but more and more I find myself taking bracketed images and holding back a little with the 'mad scientist' button in Lightroom, Photoshop and Luminar. That said I find underprocessing images can be just as bad.

In this video, f64 Academy explains things quite well.

Learning the Art of the Subtle Hand. How much editing is too much editing? Over the last several years I have critiqued over 3000 photos between f64 Elite, my old site HDR insider, and the various conferences I have attended.  One thing I see more often than not is the "Hammer Approach" to image editing.  This approach is fast. However, it usually does more harm than good.  I am routinely asked, "How do I get rid of this halo?" or  "When do I know when enough editing is enough editing?" While these may seem like easy questions for a pro to answer from the perspective of a budding photographer, they are actually challenging.  I have been thinking about how to discuss this concept for a long time and think I have finally found a way to visualize it.  It has to do with learning "The Art of the Subtle Hand."   When you practice this form or photo editing you understand that the global hammer approach is far less effective than deliberate local adjustments. In today's lesson, I am going to show you what an image looks like that has been taken too far.  We will analyze what we like about it and then we will discuss ways we can get achieve them without being so heavy-handed. - f64 Academy

From the Nikon D3200 to the Nikon D7100 to currently the Fujifilm X-T2, loved them all...

I am guilty as charged, very much so in the past. I'm nowadays lazy and stick to the same formula of about half a dozen steps for processing over and over (the best ones just need a sharpen) so I'm maybe guilty of not doing enough now. I just to try to make it look how I remember it and taking a wee video helps me to remember!

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