Why great photos need great editing

Is there an art in photo editing? Have you always wondered what goes into editing great photos? Read on to find out…

Quick Updates

Wow, we’re two weeks in and I’ve already missed a week’s blogging! Many apologies about that!

It’s been another busy week here, I’ve hardly had a chance to do any photo editing! I’ve been sorting out my Google Business page, as well as making sure my new Gift Vouchers are on their way to me. I’m even hoping that by the end of November I will have a whole host of new prints to show you all as examples. Do you wantĀ to see them in person? Drop me a message a book a free consultation!

Other exciting bits are: my new Facebook advert is now live, and should be turning up in the news feeds of many pet-loving folks in Swindon and the surrounding areas. Dylan is filling out a bit, he’s not nearly as skinny as when he arrived, and we’re almost -ALMOST- down to the last box to unpack. Now THAT is exciting!

Did I mention Gift Vouchers? Perfect for Christmas presents!

Photos and Photo Editing

With Dylan settling in so well, I thought it was high time he had his first proper indoor photo session. He did really well and showed off his handsome side perfectly. He also gives an amazing “RSPCA Face”, but he’s a happy boy really!

Having the chance to take photos of my own dog has meant I can be a little more free with the editing process. I’m a huge fan of black and white photography. When I’m crawling around abandoned buildings (see my page: National Rust) or taking photos out and about, not necessarily pet photography, (see: Niki Younie), I love to show that crisp black and white edgy look. Sometimes this works really well with pets, but for the most part, I find that pet guardiansĀ prefer full colour beautifully edited photos. That’s fine, I believe they all haveĀ their place.

The Golden Question

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot (mostly, by my mum!) is “why do you need to spend so much time editing? Doesn’t it look right to begin with?”. For the most part, photos will look fine straight out of the camera, but to add that extra punch, I love editing photos.

Whether it’s something simple like a few touch-ups:

touch ups before and after photo editing

Removing those pesky collars or filling in the backgrounds:

adding background before and after photo editing

Or something a bit more artistic, like my favourite photo of Jade:

artistic look before and after photo editing

Photo editing is an extension of photography art, in my opinion.

Over to you

What do you think? Do you prefer very simple realistic photos, or do you like something with a bit more of an edge? Is more of a fine art look your thing? Have you taken some photos and put some funky filters on them? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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