I'm sure we've all been guilty of over-processing our images from time to time. Have you made any of these six mistakes yourself?
It's all too easy to crank up the dial when editing a photograph, and while a lot of it boils down to personal preference, there are some editing conventions that are well worth following. Thankfully for us, educator and photographer Matt Kloskowski is back with another handy video on this very topic.
Even though the video focuses on landscape photography in the editing program ON1, the video still has lots to offer for those who do not shoot that kind of thing or use that particular program. Many of the suggestions brought up in the video are universal to every single genre of photography, and the main culprits for over-processing images are tools which are present in all the major editing programs. Kloskowski shows good examples of what is over-processed and the ways you can fix those problems. Sometimes, it's just a matter of dialing things down a little, while other times, it's using alternative tools. I really like the advice about sharpening and how the shadow/highlight feature may not always be the best thing to use.
In addition to all his recommendations, I think over-processed images occur when we get too close to the work and don't give ourselves some space and time to actually "see" what we have created. Hopefully, the tips suggested in the video and a little dedicated screen break from time to time will help us to stop spoiling the pictures we worked so hard to make.