When I did post “The tactile expression of creativity” see andybeelfrps.wordpress.com/2012/07/09/the-tactile-expression-of-creativity/ Gabby from the good old US of A asked an interesting question in the comments.
Gabby gamaraca.wordpress.com/ asked “I never know when to finish my editing and when I look at your images I ask the same of you”!
So here is an expanded version of the answer I gave Gabby.
Hi Gabby thanks for asking an interesting question. The simple answer is, when it looks and feels satisfying to you. Perhaps a question to ask yourself is “have I achieved the highest potential for this picture?”
“Does the print sing or sag?”
There is a school of thought that says you should only do the least to make the result you are after. I will keep working on a picture until it says what I want it to say.
Gabby asked a perceptive question – for the picture below I had at least three different crops and as many differing versions of tonality. Some pictures are relatively easy to produce an expressive versions others are not.
Primarily editing is about balance of subject matter, dominance and tonality – the choice of highlight and shadow tones.
A good tip when editing is to flip the picture vertically and check that there aren’t any highlights in the wrong place or near an edge.
The feature picture of this post at the top here is a uncropped colour version of the original post.
I also did a version the featured the sky and less sand.There was also a version the that highlighted the texture of the sand in the foreground. In this version the small dark area in the bottom right hand corner is critical to the composition. I think this is my prefered option.
The picture in the post “After Mr WE Smith” was hard to control and process. It was also difficult to decide what chords of shadow contrast (as AA would have said in 1933) were required, and that was after a year of looking at it.
So what I think I am saying is that enlightenment when editing to reach a picture highest potential isn’t always a rapid and easy journey. The journey will more fruitful if you have a direction gleaned from the influences of other photographers work you admire and respect.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012