I am of course referring to touching up photos, or to put it another way, editing them.
I have a good friend who I am lucky enough to tag along with sometimes when he goes wandering looking for places to shoot. He is of the opinion that if you don’t shoot it right then touching it up on the computer is as good as cheating.
Personally I disagree. I don’t do anything fancy when I edit mine, I don’t have enough know how, or the cash to get decent editing software. But I do what I can and so far I’m pleased with the results.
For instance the before and after photos below were taken on a family day out at Eglinton Park, near where I live in Ayrshire. I used Picasa 3 to do the editing. It’s basic to say the least but it’s free and effective for minor editing.
I feel that the editing of these 3 photographs gives them a more atmospheric look.
The next one I used a feature I don’t often see much difference with … the auto correct. But in this case I feel it has brightened the skies and really brought out the blue of the sky and the pond.
These are just my own thoughts on the matter, as always. I’d love to know what you think.
To edit or not to edit, that is the question!