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Watch: Telltale Signs You’ve Been Under- Or Over-Editing Your Photos
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Jul 2020
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You’ve probably noticed that people are embracing natural and authentic imagery more and more, and it’s perhaps due to the growing bells and whistles overcrowding the world. However, you might be unintentionally overdoing it to elicit a positive response.
In a neat tutorial about editing landscape images, professional landscape photographer Mark Denney shares five typically overlooked settings that, if cranked up just a wee bit, could improve the overall aesthetic of your shots.
Signs brought up by the photographer that indicate you’ve been under-editing your images comprise loose crops, “flat” colors, “muddy” shadows, dim light, and most viciously, “contrast deficit.”
Denney also recommends a handful of nifty tricks to overcome these tendencies. For instance, even if you’d like your shadows to appear pronounced, you’d still want some detail to peek through, which can be achieved by adding just a little exposure to the “muddied” area instead of leaving the viewer in the dark.
Also, to determine if your photo is over- or under-exposed, a quick hack you can try is to first switch your Adobe software’s gray background to white, let your eyes adjust to the sudden optical shifts, and then change the background to black to better judge if more or less exposure is required.
All of Denney’s suggestions are simple to follow yet worthwhile, so be sure to check out the full tutorial below.
[via Shutterbug, video via Mark Denney, cover image via Shutterstock]
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