Feeling overwhelmed when editing

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  1. nerwin

    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well maybe I have misread. I apologize. But we obviously have very different opinions on this matter and so we won't get anywhere. Let's just forget about it and move on.


     
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    limr Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Moving on...

    I'll admit that I really dislike post-processing and don't do a lot of it. Perhaps some of that is due to the simple fact that there is less that can be reasonably done to a scanned jpeg of a film negative than to a raw file. A lot of it is also surely due to what I like about photography in general.

    But still, I do recognize that sometimes photos just need a little something. I can tolerate it to a point, but then have to let it go.

    Some things I do to help the work along is to categorize photos into ones I definitely want to edit, ones I definitely do not want to edit, and the "maybe" photos. I'll work on the handful that I'm excited about first. I never look at the "maybe" file right away. I find that giving it some time and getting distance from the creation of the image helps me be more objective about it. Sometimes that's a few days, and sometimes it's a few months. Only then do I decide if I am going to carry on with trying to edit, or if it's just not worth it to me.

    Still, I don't delete (though technically it doesn't matter because I still have the negatives). Because you never know what you ultimately might want to edit. If I may, this is a photo that I ignored literally for years. One day I was going through old files and I found it and realized that I actually had learned how to edit it to look the way I wanted to. I didn't originally have the skills I needed, so I just left it, but years later, I knew more and so editing it was a non-issue for me.

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    So I would say prioritize, set limits, and if you're not sure, just leave it alone. It might just not be the right time for that image.
     
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    I've done that too, found a photo I took many years ago but for some reason kept it even though then I thought it was a throw away shot but actually ended being a gem. Just needed to wait for my editing style to flourish I guess, lol.

    The best thing to probably do is when I start to get frustrated with post-processing is to just take a break from it and come back later, usually the next day or week..or a month instead of trying to get it all done in one day.

    I'm not going to lie, I love editing my photos. I love having the ability to adjust every color of a photo and making it be visually different. That is my style and who I am. I mean every photo I have shared on this forum that have been liked by many and nominated have been processed and I've probably spent hours on them.
     
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    I look at it the same way I do reading a book or writing something. There have been times when I started to read a book and I just couldn't get into it, so I end up not finishing it. I might try again in a couple of years, and suddenly I find that I can't put it down. It's happened to me when trying to write as well. An idea floats around for days before I am finally ready to get the words out of my head.

    Sometimes you just have to wait for the time when you'll be ready for it.

    I say if you are hitting a wall with a particular image, then just leave it. Put it in a folder called "Later" or something like that. Check the folder every once in a while to see what hits you.

    Even when you are working on something that you know you want to work on, you need to give yourself regular breaks. Work on a different image or do something completely different - I mean, not even on the computer. Rest your eyes by taking them off the screen for a while.
     
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    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'm pretty sure that is normal behavior for creatives haha.
     
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    limr Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yeah, we're kooky that way :) We gots to feeeeeeel it, man!
     
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    OMG, I shoot weddings. There are a lot of photos after each wedding! My tip? Charge enough so it's not as painful when you have to go through 2000 photos It's still painful. LOL
     
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    nerwin Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well not all of us can edit our photos on a yacht.
     
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    Vtec44 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Hahaha I wish.
     
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    Met too...me too.
     
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    I dont make money from photography so Idont give a.............. what anyone else thinks of my processing.

    I love HDR / Tone mapping / bracketing / cloning out people or objects / or SOOC as I see fit. I dont follow a doctrine of any kind except what I think is right for that particular image, and IT IS just a digital image that I treat with the exact same reverence as any other digital image.
     
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    Ansel Adams would spend days in the darkroom working on a single image, so he definitely didn't get it right in camera.

    Sometimes I use a Large format film camera and one thing it has taught me is to take fewer photos. As funny as it sounds is I actually come away with more keeper shots now then I did before by using this method. And no its not because I'm getting it right in camera, I still do plenty of post processing.

    I spend more time before I trip the shutter trying to see the final image in my mind before I take the photo.

    Think more, shoot less.

    Now you didn't say what type of shooting you are doing. Some types of photography simply require shooting a lot to get what you need. Sports and weddings are an example. I don't do those types of photography so I take my time and pre visualize my images.
     
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