More Spring Flower Shots and Why Editing Photos is Important

These spring flower photos did not need much editing in Lightroom but I am a firm believer in post production. Photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. Editing photos is a basic essential but it can be taken further and I can show you how it is a well-established art form. Spring Flower Photos and Why Editing is Important on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink tulip and fluffy pasque flowers backlit by sun plus blog title wording.Last week I shared some of my photos from my in-law’s lovely garden, with the low sun streaming through from behind. I have a few more to share today from the same place. On Instagram and Facebook this week these photos got a lot of interaction, which is lovely.

Flower photos and how they were shot

This tulip was on its last gasp of glory, with ageing curled petals balanced, about to fall at any moment. There is still something quite solid and definite about a tulip even at the end of its life. Those petals are not delicate; I feel I could use one as a small plate!

These spring flower photos did not need much editing in Lightroom but I am a firm believer in post production. Photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. Editing photos is a basic essential but it can be taken further and I can show you how it is a well-established art form. Spring Flower Photos and Why Editing is Important on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink tulip just before it goes over.Here the composition needed some thought. When I took this photo I was concerned that the pattern of light on the grass in the background would be distracting. I’ve managed to position it so the light makes a wide arc over the top of the bloom.

These fluffballs catch the light so well, and several people have asked me for the name. They are Pasque flowers and are growing in a very well drained position, in a narrow border gap built into a brick wall. I love them but they would just drown in my boggy garden. I mentioned last week that I have photographed them before in bud stage and the shot featured in my blog post “When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough“.

These spring flower photos did not need much editing in Lightroom but I am a firm believer in post production. Photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. Editing photos is a basic essential but it can be taken further and I can show you how it is a well-established art form. Spring Flower Photos and Why Editing is Important on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pasque flowers looking like balls of fluff.It’s not a very well composed photo as I could barely see what I was shooting thanks to the sun in my face and reflecting off my viewscreen. Next time I’ll take my DSLR so I can use the viewfinder and block out the glare. I think it works as a scruffy composition because the flowers are kind of scruffy.

A Word About Editing Photos – My View

Both of the above photos were slightly edited in Lightroom to correct the white balance and contrast. I am a firm believer in post production as photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. If you are old enough to remember letting the Saturday girl behind the counter in Boots develop your colour films, I can assure you that she too adjusted your exposure and white balance. When I hear someone say that photos ought not to be edited it really does make my blood boil!

The late Terry Cryer was one of our country’s top film photographers and a true authority on photo post-production. He certainly edited his film in a highly creative way and he was only working in black and white. He did more than most people in the dark-room and turned it into an art form. You can read more about him in this tribute. Clearly editing photos is a well-established creative expression, and does not exist just to fake it.

These spring flower photos did not need much editing in Lightroom but I am a firm believer in post production. Photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. Editing photos is a basic essential but it can be taken further and I can show you how it is a well-established art form. Spring Flower Photos and Why Editing is Important on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Sunlight through colourful leaves and shrubs in spring.A touch of Artistic Licence

So here, lastly, is one more shot of the light coming through the trees in my in-law’s garden. It’s a similar photo to the one I published on the blog last week┬ábut here I’ve taken the clarity down in Lightroom. It already had a slightly dreamy effect but reducing the clarity emphasized that. As the dreamy feel was central to the expression in this image, I really didn’t want it to be lost. I think emphasizing it was entirely justified.

Have I convinced you with my views on editing photos? Let me know your thoughts in the comments or through social media.

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These spring flower photos did not need much editing in Lightroom but I am a firm believer in post production. Photos have needed developing ever since the invention of photography. Editing photos is a basic essential but it can be taken further and I can show you how it is a well-established art form. Spring Flower Photos and Why Editing is Important on Falcondale Life blog. Image description: Pink tulip and fluffy pasque flowers backlit by sun plus blog title wording.
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8 Comments

  1. 7th June 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Nature is so captivating #MySundayPhoto

  2. 5th June 2018 / 8:27 pm

    the colour of the leaves is stunning #mysundayphoto

  3. 3rd June 2018 / 4:17 pm

    I love editing, it’s bringing the photo to life. Shooting in RAW allows you to completely transform.

    Have a good Sunday and thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • 3rd June 2018 / 4:28 pm

      Exactly, that describes it so well. RAW pics from my DSLR do have more depth than my compact, but I’m sure that’s to be expected.

  4. 3rd June 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Don’t you think editing is a skill in itself though? Knowing what to tinker with, what looks better? I have just the basic editing software (and a couple of apps on my phone) but when I show them to my husband he always prefers the pre-edit ones. I must be doing something wrong, I think. Love your flower photos. What a treat to be able to wander your in-laws garden.

    • 3rd June 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Well yes I do, that was the point I was making with Terry Cryer as an example. Phone apps are pretty good but different edits are to different people’s tastes I suppose. I would say always try small tweaks rather than big alterations.

  5. 3rd June 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Love the tulip. I’m with you on editing although I rarely do much Just correct what might improve it slightly although I try to get as much right in camera first. I had similar lack of viewfinder issue on holiday this week as I’ve only got my phone and point and shoot at the moment.

    • 3rd June 2018 / 2:38 pm

      I’ve had problems with glare on my viewscreen quite often lately and I’ve developed a few coping tricks, but it is quite limiting. Thanks for your comment!

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