Sometimes, less is more, and even the simplest tip can make a huge difference.
In the latest video from woodland photographer Simon Baxter, he shares one simple but very valuable tip: edit your photos upside-down. Before you think he has gone barking mad, be sure to check out his video above. As he mentions in the video, it removes the natural relationship with recognizable objects. In that way, you should have a more objective judgment of the balance of light, shadows, and colors throughout the scene.
As soon as he turned his example photo upside-down, I saw several elements in the photo that threw it a little out of balance. He continues explaining he does not go for “perfect” balance, but the editing is supposed to reinforce the thought process he had when capturing the image. Let the light lead the eye.
He shares different small Lightroom editing tips throughout the video, which are all worth picking up. Among others is how he uses the radial filter for a natural-looking gradient and how he sharpens the image. Check it out above and let me hear your thoughts down below. Did you know about this technique, do you use it yourself, and how does it work for you?