Photo edits can often become very complicated, time-intensive things, but they don't always have to be. This great video discusses the common trap of being overly complicated in your image editing.
Coming to you from Henry Turner, this insightful video discusses the issue of overcomplicating photo edits. I think a lot of the time, we do this simply because we intuitively associate time and effort with quality. In other words, it feels like a truly good image has to have had a lot of time put into it; otherwise, we have "cheated" in some way or something is wrong with it. And certainly, there are a lot of cases in which the final image you are going for will require a lot of time and effort, but there are also instances in which it simply does not take much to take a photo from raw to finished. For quite a while, I used to apply the exact same process to every photo, which generally consisted of about 15 steps, and it made for a lot of wasted time and bloated files taking up space they did not need to. Once I took myself off autopilot, things got a lot more efficient. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Turner.