I've wanted to do this post for some time now. I find it really interesting and also helpful when I see other photographers post their before and afters. It's also great to show people how much work goes into an image, it's not just about the shooting! We can spend hours sorting and editing through just a single shoot.
I went though and found a few originals of some of my favourite images that I thought had either my average editing techniques or maybe a little bit more work had been done to them. I wouldn't say I actually spend a substantial amount of time on one photograph because I feel like I have developed a bit of a routine on how I like to edit my images. Although some images I struggle with, usually if the light isn't right. I know I still have a lot to learn but I also think I have room to develop more of a style. The most changes I make are usually the colours, I like my images to be light and bright and colours to pop. I mainly start with the image itself, if it needs to be zoomed in, rotated or needs straightening up. Then I do a clean up (3rd Image - Terrence got sand all over the table!). I always sharpen the details and blur and soften the background (also helps to get rid of any noise and grain in the image). I like to play around with the light levels, maybe brighten up some shadows and finally the colour balance and filters.
Maybe one day if people were interested, I may go in more depth on how they are done with the software I like to use :)
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