Before and After – What goes into editing a photo

I thought it might be neat to give you guys an inside look at what goes into editing a photo, seeing as everyone knows what the final picture looks like but not the work that goes into it. It might surprise you to know that it’s not always the fancy camera that makes photos look good, in fact I rarely leave a photo unedited. Most photographers that use digital cameras do have to do some editing, even if it is very minimal simply because digital cameras rarely capture the tones (and vibrant colors) that film does. You can see in the photo below that the horse is pretty dull colored, the camera that I photographed it with was an older digital camera and doesn’t always capture the tones as I would like it to. The horse was also photographed on a cloudy day in spring when her coat was not quite at it’s full shine due to the winter hairs still shedding out. I lightened up the photo and brought out more of the natural red highlights in the hair that you can see in the sunlight with your own eyes. The biggest thing in this photo as you probably would have guessed was removing the halter, because the horse was not in a fenced area it would not have been safe to have the horse loose and we would not have been able to control her. When photographing animals safety is always the number one concern, leashes and collars are very easy to edit out of photos and you should never put your dog in danger by having him loose in a busy area where he can run off or hurt himself. All that being said, what do you think? There are a few spots that need to be touched up in the final image, can you find them? : )

About lyndagraveline

Ottawa based professional pet photographer, I photograph everything from horses, dogs & cats to wild & exotic animals. Available for commercial shoots as well, see website for more details.
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