by Guest Contributor
During the week one of our readers – wedding photographer Martin Whitton – shot me a list of his ‘10 rules for editing digital images’. I thought I’d share them today as a discussion starter for readers.
Martin comments that ‘these ideas may seem a little elementary, but sticking to the basics keeps our editing focused, maintains consistency from image to image and keeps our clients happy’.
- Tone of space (a room, for example) should be balanced and neutral, with no overall bias;
- Blacks (like tuxes) should be black;
- Whites (like wedding gowns) should be white;
- Don’t over-saturate images (my personal pet peeve)! Final edited image should be representative of what the human eye saw when photographing occurred;
- Flesh tones should be realistic and consistent. If he looks red and she looks pale white, something’s probably wrong;
- Image should be level or straight. Use reference points within image to determine this;
- Fix and remove any “red-eye” issues when flash is used;
- Sharpen all images last, and do it sparingly;
- Save images based on their intended use; images being posted online can be as small as 500 kb. Images that will be printed should probably be 1-2 mb (minimum);
- For easy tracking and identification, rename/save images based on the event, like – “Jane & John Wedding 1”.
Of course there’s no wrong or right in this as personal style and approach comes into play – but we’d love to hear your thoughts on this!
Post from: Digital Photography School - Photography Tips.
10 Rules for Editing Digital Images