Basic Rules When Editing Photos
Obviously I like to come home after a photo shoot, boot up my computer, and make some popcorn while I’m waiting. Once my trusty MacBook Pro is all engines green, I sit down and start uploading my images and begin editing a select few. There is a logical process to my madness though. A few basic rules that should almost always be followed.
- Open your image in an image editor, and go File –> Save As. Do not edit the original file, especially if you are doing destructive edits! This rule can be ignored should you be doing non-destructive edits in a program such as Lightroom, or using more advanced techniques in Photoshop.
- Make sure your images are backed up to at least one other external drive before deleting any image, or editing any image. You can easily be editing a photo in Lightroom when next thing you know you accidentally overwrite the original due to naming issues! Terrible when you’re doing destructive editing!
- Not every image needs a vignetting. (Yes, I am an addict, however I am trying to get away from it.)
- Keep a backup system stored at another location, or perhaps consider online storage.
- Keep the original images from any panoramic stitching. Do not delete them. Period. No exception. In Lightroom, just make a stack to hide them all.
- Duplicate your image if you plan on making one B&W or a monotone of some sort.
- Watermark your image for online use.
- Save at 72dpi, no larger than 600px x 600px for online use.
That’s it for now! I’m gonna go eat my bowl of popcorn now!