Drawing images with light does not stop after you click the shutter. You will need an editing suite for some final touches; if you are an analog photographer, you will need to spend some time in the darkroom. Regardless of whether it is done on a computer or within the confines of a darkroom, this procedure called post-processing.
While photography purists deem post-processing as cheating, there is no denying that this procedure is an important part of producing an image. Photographers, ranging from journalists to wedding photographers, turn to this process to highlight certain aspects of a photo or to restore and refine poorly captured frames.
While its importance should not be overlooked, there are, however, some mistakes that photographers need to do away with. Here are some of them:
Vignettes are used to add drama to the photograph. This, however, should not be a go-to technique, as it will render your picture amateur looking. A vignette’s utilitarian function is to keep the eyes of the observer focused on a scene or subject. Overusing it will make things look contrived.
There is a wealth of filters out there to make your images quite rustic and yet appealing. Before you go ahead and apply one on your photographs, however, make sure that the colors are properly treated. Otherwise, the final image will look awkward because the color of the photograph and the color of the filter do not complement each other. Do not use the same filter on every single image. Experiment!
You should base the level of sharpening on the output. Do not attempt to salvage an out-of-focus photograph with this technique. Otherwise, the image will look unrealistic. Only sharpen the picture once you have cropped it to the final print size to ensure image quality.
Other sins to avoid include oversaturation, making the subject’s skin smooth, and cropping the image too tight. Before you move those sliders, look at your image carefully and look for the areas and elements that need adjustment.