10 EDIT WITH PUR­POSE

Aim for per­fec­tion when you print

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Shoot­ing in great light, be­ing aware to en­sure great com­po­si­tion, and us­ing the best equip­ment pos­si­ble are all key el­e­ments to cre­at­ing a great land­scape. How­ever, if you are not edit­ing cor­rectly and with pur­pose, it is all for noth­ing. Edit­ing is the other ‘half’ of pho­tog­ra­phy that must be un­der­stood and used to the best ef­fect to cre­ate the im­age you de­sire. Edit­ing is not an op­tion; it is just as im­por­tant as shoot­ing and re­quires just as much thought and cre­ativ­ity.

This idea is not new to the world of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. Leg­endary Amer­i­can land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher Ansel Adams had a great eye for com­po­si­tion, and truly un­der­stood shoot­ing in great light, but he is the most well-known pho­tog­ra­pher in his­tory be­cause of his im­age pro­cess­ing skills. He would spend hours in the dark­room per­fect­ing his prints.

The goal in edit­ing is to ren­der each part of the scene in a way that is most vis­ually ap­peal­ing and nat­u­ral. You also want to lead the eye through the im­age and cre­ate move­ment when pos­si­ble. You must be com­pletely aware of what you are do­ing in edit­ing and why. It’s well worth spend­ing time im­prov­ing your cre­ative edit­ing skills.

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