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5 Creative Editing Tips All Photographers Should Know

The way you edit your work can be the difference between a good and a great image. Master these five creative tips to take your photography to the next level.

Sometimes the smallest tweak to an image can have the biggest of impacts. Be that changing the colors, adjusting the framing, or playing with one of the many other attributes that go into making a photograph. This week, the team over at B&H Photo Video are back once again with another insightful video on this very subject with portrait photographer Oveck.

While these tips are geared towards portrait photography, the concepts explored are much more universal and should be taken advantage of by all photographers. Oveck starts by talking about creating harmony with colors and how small adjustments to the hues of a particular color can transform an image. He then moves onto the role that midtones, shadows, and highlights play and how there is an infinite amount of possibilities that come from playing with the relationship between the three of them. The next tip in the video really got the cogs turning for me as he talks about the use of motion blur in photography. This is something I have played with in the past but never really had much joy with it. Oveck is a photographer who uses motion blur to great effect, so to see his workflow is a treat. Everything from capturing the images to processing them in Photoshop is covered. For this one insight alone the video is well worth the watch. Lastly, he talks about knowing when to walk away from an image which is a concept that I don't think is talked about often enough.

All in all, a useful video to get the juices flowing and the cogs turning. I think editing has become a bit of a dirty word in recent years when it's just one of the many important ingredients that go into the picture-making process.

What do you think about these editing tips? Is there anything you think they missed off the list? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Paul Parker is a commercial and fine art photographer. On the rare occasion he's not doing photography he loves being outdoors, people watching, and writing awkward "About Me" statements on websites...

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Wow. Nice work.