I’ve noticed a worrying trend in the world of professional portrait photography.
Some photographers proudly proclaim that they don’t edit their photos or adopt a minimalist approach to editing, presenting their work as raw and unadulterated.
While this approach might feel appealing for its authenticity and appeals to a simpler time of film photography, editing is a critical step in transforming a good photo into a great one.
Why would some photographers choose not to edit their frames? The reasons vary.
For some, it’s a matter of time constraints. Busy photographers pack in so many shoots that they run out of time for meticulous and time-consuming edits.
Others might lack the skills or willingness to learn complex software like Photoshop.
And then, some rely on filters or preset packs, mistakenly believing these can act as a substitute for bespoke post-processing.
When creating portrait photographs, I always aim to capture the best possible image in camera. However, the magic happens on my Mac Studio during the editing phase.
My typical workflow for each portrait involves about half an hour (or longer) of careful editing. I use a frequency separation technique in Photoshop to remove temporary blemishes and even out skin tones, all while maintaining the skin’s natural texture.
The next step involves Lightroom, where I crop the photo and apply adjustments to emphasise the eyes and facial features, along with some secret sauce techniques to make the image ‘pop’.
All this is done with a keen eye on retaining the natural essence of the subject.
This detailed and time-consuming process underscores what I believe is a fundamental truth in photography: editing is an art form in itself. Editing, done well, enhances the photographer’s vision and elevates the final product.
For anyone looking to work with a photographer, please ask this critical question: “How much editing do you do before delivering the final image?”
Posing this question can reveal a great deal about their commitment to quality and proficiency in transforming a good shot into a great one.
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