Sometimes it’s obvious that an image is good the first time you look at it. With others, it can be difficult to visualize what they’ll look like after processing.
If you use raw format in your photography, they look different from jpg photos. Raw format is just the data read directly off of the sensor with no processing by the camera. Depending on how you configure your camera and software, raw image contrast and sharpening can be very low, white balance may not be optimized, and exposure is often set for capture / low noise instead of display / print.. This can make it tough to judge raw photos and decide which ones merit further processing.
When I returned from Maine and reviewed my photos, I bypassed some. When I finished working on the ones I’d identified as “selects”, I went back and re-looked at those I’d set aside. Some of them deserved attention.
It’s not just raw images that can be difficult to evaluate. Infrared photos usually need processing to optimize too.
And multi image panoramas make seeing composition and field of view a challenge before the individual frames are stitched together.
I can’t tell you how to rate your images and select your best. But what I can tell you is to be very careful not to discard something before you’re very sure that it’s not worth pursuing. Give your photos a second chance. Learn your software so you know how far you can go with adjustments. And as with any thing worth pursuing, practice will make you better.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go make some photos!
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