One of the secrets to my photos is how I prepare to edit them. If you just start editing your photos without any idea of your end result, your photos won't be as powerful.
In this article, I will explain my pre-editing process so you can apply this 'prepare to edit' process to your workflow and have a more powerful end result.
Prepare to Edit
Before I do anything to a photo, I pull it up and examine it. I think about where my eyes go first. What might be distracting and what overall color and mood I want the photo to be. Then I mark it up, circle distractions that need to be removed and make notes. This is how I prepare to edit my photos.
Where Do Your Eyes Go First?
When quickly looking over a photo for the first time, your eyes see light first, color second and everything else after that. So do just that. Think about what your focus point is. (Typically the modal in the photo). Is the focus point the first thing your eyes are drawn to? Or are there other things pulling for your attention?
This is where you start making notes and marking the things that are distracting.
If there are things in the photo that are bright colored, those will for sure distract the viewer. Mark those. You can change desaturate or even remove them if you must, to get rid of the distraction.
Also, are there things in the scene that just don't need to be there? Think about it, look around and circle objects that need to be removed.
Color and Mood
When I prepare to edit my photos I also think about what overall color and mood I want the photo to be. Do I want warm tones or cold tones? Each color can change the mood of the photo completely. The warm tones can make a photo have a happy warm mood where cold tones can be more lonely and sad.
Editing the Photo
Now that you have all of your notes and you know what you want the end result of your photo to be, you can start editing.
Here is a video of me going over the entire 'prepare to edit' process.
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