This is a question I’ve been asking myself a bit lately, when is enough enough with post processing? How do you know when to stop?
When is enough enough with post processing
It can be a hard one, and look I’m happy to admit that I have over processed many photos. It is something I think everyone does at some stage. When I’m processing my photos I always have to wonder when I’ve done enough.
It is a problem that most artists fight with. I’m no different it seems.
For me, there is no real answer, but something I do that usually makes it clearer for me is sharing my images. When I think I might be done I put the photo up on social media and watch it. When it is there I’m seeing it all the time. If I still like it a week later then I know I’m done. However, if the following day, or a few days later I am cringing, then I know I did too much, or not enough.
Let’s look at some that were like that.
That Wanaka Tree
The following image did really well on social media and people seemed to love it. However, I decided that I thought it was too colourful. Let’s look at it.
I thought the purple was too strong. It seemed to take away the golden hue of the leaves on the tree.
So I had to do some more work, or rather undo some of it. I ended up with this.
For me, this works so much better. It could be a phase I’m going through. I’m enjoying my images with less colour.
What do you think? I will put them in a gallery at the end so you can flip through them better.
Sunrise in Melbourne
This image was the same thing. After I posted it I decided there was too much colour, so I needed to bring it back.
Here is the first state.
I do have a tendency to overdo sunrises and sunsets. Almost as soon as I posted it I was cringing. Too much colour.
So I had another go at it.
This is the second state.
I like this one better, though that could just be me, while others might prefer the first one.
This is the first time I’ve shown the second states of both images.
There is only one state of the following because I was really happy with it.
Do you have similar problems with your images? Love to hear your thoughts.
Here is a gallery of the above images to help you compare.