#26 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Cropping is pretty much the most basic photo editing action, but there’s a lot you can do to an image. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you will know that I rarely leave my photos alone SOOC (straight out of camera). In my view photography isn’t just the bit where I click the shutter, it’s also the vision I have for the finished image. Sometimes I have that vision when I take the photo, sometimes I come up with an idea later when I see it on the computer.…

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#25 in the Judging a Photograph Series . I don’t really know how I ended up photographing weddings. There was no masterplan, it just happened. I got lots of work experience as a second shooter. A second shooter is the extra photographer who helps the “real” wedding photographer. I did that over several years but in the end I gave it up and didn’t become a wedding photographer in my own right – long story. Photographing Weddings – Behind the Scenes Being a good wedding photographer is 80% organisation and 20% photography. It’s about getting the shot in a dynamic…

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#24 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Last week in the “Judging a Photograph” blog series I talked about choosing when adding a presets or filters to a photo. I find that it only really works on simplistic images. Any photo with complex appeal is usually ruined by a filter, especially the fairly brutal Instagram ones. However I did also say there are exceptions and this photo of a peacock is the most striking one of mine. Why Use Filters Now? Now I know what you’re going to say; you’re going to say you prefer the original version in…

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#23 in the Judging a Photograph Series . Sometimes I wonder why so many of us put a filter on our photos before posting online. We scroll through apps like Instagram searching for the best filter without really knowing if other people will like it. A popular Instagram filter might increase engagement. On the other had it might have the effect of making it look the same as everyone else’s picture, and then it doesn’t stand out. General Editing Tips The best advice I can offer is to practice small adjustments with all the editing tools that you have to…

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#22 in the Judging a Photograph Series . It’s always nice to find new ideas for making photos more interesting. I do love to use frames in an image. A frame is something within the photo that holds the edges. We “read” images just the same way we read text, i.e. left to right. That means it’s a good idea to give a bit of thought to edges. Think especially about the right hand edge of the photo. Many photographers like to put something dark at the very edge like a full stop. This might be a tree trunk or…

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