Have you ever taken a photo you knew had great potential from the moment you saw it on the back of your camera, come home to edit it, then spent an hour in Lightroom, only to look at the result and feel strangely let down? This great video examines why Lightroom edits sometimes go awry.
Coming to you from James Popsys, this video examines how good photos can go bad in the midst of working with them in Lightroom (though the ideas apply equally to Photoshop or whatever you're using). At its core, I think the video makes a great point about sliders being seen as obligations rather than available tools. This comes down to a problem of how you approach a photo when you sit down to edit: for some reason, it's easy to look at post-processing as moving through the various sliders in the Develop module and adjusting each of them, rather than analyzing the photo and what one wants to say with it, then choosing the appropriate sliders and tools to accomplish that vision. In the end, I think it's important to remember that just because one has a tool, it doesn't mean it has to be used.
[via James Popsys]