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When do you quit editing?

Tintype_18
Rising Star

We were walking our puppies this morning. I noticed the leaves on the tulip poplar trees are turning to a gold. When one is editing, how do you know when to quit? It seems what the eye sees is different than what the camera or editing sees? TIA.

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rs-eos
Whiz

Without knowing any specifics about the destination of the images (print, art gallery, billboard, etc), I can only make general statements:

 

For personal projects, editing ends whenever you're happy with it.

 

For paid work, editing ends when the image meets your client's needs.

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Ricky

EOS 5D IV, EF 50mm f/1.2L, EF 135mm f/2L, 600EX-RT (x6), ST-E3-RT
EOS C70, RF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, EF-EOS R 0.71x

Ricky, thanks. Each client posts guidelines for submission. Just follow the Yellow Brick Road!


@Tintype_18 wrote:

Ricky, thanks. Each client posts guidelines for submission. Just follow the Yellow Brick Road!


Guidelines for submission don't define when editing is complete or appropriate. They just define mechanics, like what is allowed and not allowed, such as cloning, or " hand of man" content in nature photos. Also the size and color space of submitted images. 

As Ricky said, the process is finished when the end user, you or a client, are satisfied. 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic

What you perceive will never quite match the camera's capture, and possibly even after PP.

•Our brains isolate, the camera does not

•Our eyes scan continuously, a camera does not

•We correct distortion the camera does not

•We correct  colour shift, the camera does not

•Our brain and eyes adapt to massive tonal differences, the camera less so

•We see in 3D,  the camera captures in 2D:  we need to create the illusion of depth

•The camera captures a slice of time: we remember time as a distorted continuum

•The camera has no emotional attachment: we do

•Our perception is mediated by gender, age,and culture: the camera is not

 

The point of all this is that what your brain creates as an image is never what the camera captures.  As far as PP goes, I personally feel that less is more... I am not a fan of over managed images: to me they my be 'artistic' but so far from my perception of reality that they look very false.

 

But, that is the nature of the artistic nature of photography.

 

cheers Trevor

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri

Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

ebiggs1
Legend

And, the correct answer was, "...editing ends whenever you're happy with it."

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!

ebiggs1
Legend

Again the almost 100% correct answer was, "For paid work, editing ends when the image meets your client's needs."

 

Caveat, never show any photo. to anybody, that you are not fully good and happy with. No matter what the client wants. This then falls back to the original answer, "editing ends whenever you're happy with it."

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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