We often stumble upon photographers who heavily rely on editing tools. They end up don’t take the photography session seriously and simply want to get the pose right. Because Photoshop does all the job. That’s why we have prepared a quick reminder on editing baby photos; when you should and shouldn’t rely on editing.
Editing is important
We’d like our readers to know that editing is still an important part in any kind of photography (unless you’re fulfilling the challenge of doing things with zero editing). It helps to enhance the colors and look of a picture, making it perfect and create a look that we will like even more. In fact, most clients nowadays consider it the norm to hire a photographer that can also edit professionally.
There are also special effects that only editing can achieve. For example, if your client would like to add cute stickers or selected color filters to the picture, editing is the only way to go. However, due to the power of editing, it seems that people are becoming less of a photographer.
Remember that people hire you as a photographer, not a photo editor. There’s also the fact that there are qualities that only originalities can bring. While professionals can easily spot out if the pictures have tampered, your clients most probably won’t go to such measure to analyze their own pictures. They will also be okay to know that you’ve edited them.
But, there are clients who still appreciate pictures with minimum editing. It is most common when the subject is something that the clients see as very important. Pictures of babies are some quick examples. Parents will not like it to see when the original picture was edited so much that their baby doesn’t look natural in those pictures. It might’ve looked good, but it’s not the baby photos they want.
You can try looking through some pictures at www.kingshillstudios.co.uk. Many of those pictures are not heavily edited and the photographer does not rely on editing tools.
What editing means
Remember that the purpose of editing is not to make the pictures look good. It is a tool to help make the pictures looks better, but the original take has to be good. Editing can help remove small flaws and mistakes that you didn’t notice when you took the picture. For example, you can never hope that all the hair will stay neat and pretty all the time, so you can edit them from your computer.
Sometimes, it can enhance the colors that your camera fails to capture. No matter how good our camera is today, they are not good enough to capture things like our eyes do. Even though you’ve set the lighting to shine as best as possible for your baby photography set, it might not look as good in the frames. You also need to limit the use of flash and unnatural lighting in baby photography.
Baby photos are best when they are taken without much artificial touch in it. What’s more important is that parents are there to observe how you work and would definitely like it more if the pictures of the baby come to them with just enough editing.