The combination of modern sensors that produce raw files with lots of latitude and advanced post-processing software with powerful capabilities has given photographers more and more ability to push their images to more extreme edits than ever before. So, where is the line when it comes to editing images? This thoughtful video discusses the topic.
Coming to you from Brendan van Son, this great video examines the topic of pushing photo edits too far, particularly when it comes to the point of beginning to degrade image quality by introducing things like noise or artifacts when performing more extreme operations. Often, this can come down to a question of balancing creative vision with the technical limitations of your files. Some photographers are very picky or even downright obsessive about maintaining the utmost technical image quality, and that in turn places rather strict limitations on how far they will be willing to push a photo in post. Others see the creative vision as the ultimate guide and will happily accept a bit of shadow noise or the like in the pursuit of the exact image they desire. Personally, I'm willing to accept a bit of noise if it gets me to where I want. Check out the video above for van Son's full thoughts on the matter.