4 Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing

4 Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing

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Post-processing is one of three-step that every photographer should understand. I know there are some who said they don’t need post-processing. But for me, that is just ridiculous. I think it should be understood. One of the problems when it comes to post-processing is that many people don’t know what to do. Maybe start with a basic adjustment to make it look better. Then you start to think that you want to make more but don’t know-how. So these are 4 tips on being creative in Photography Post-Processing.

Of course, these are not post-processing tutorials. But a few tips that can help you conceptualize a creative idea you want when you post-processing a photograph.

Before we start, post-processing is the third step in photography where you edited a photo that you already took. Either in computer software (if digital) or in a darkroom (if analog).

Read more: 3 Steps of Photography that Every Photographer Should Follow

Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing: Make a Plan

I think making a plan is one thing that some photography…no, all photography should do. Except for street photography, probably (I usually just walk and snap).

The plan is one way in pre-processing step where you gonna implement when you’ll shot a photograph. But that’s not all. The plan also involved how do you want to post-processing it. It comes when you imagine the place, how it gonna look like, how do you want your photo to end up like. In my experience, it’s kinda hard to do that at first. Especially if you never come to a place or experience it first hand.

So the second way is to make a plan when you take the shot. This is how I did mostly. I look at the place I photograph, I look at the frame shot on my camera screen, and then I start thinking about how I want this photograph to look like and how I gonna edited it. I imagine every step that I’ll gonna do in photoshop right on the spot.

Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing: Just Do It as you See It

One problem when it comes to being creative, you are too creative. To creative, to the extent that it’s too much.

Word of wisdom: “In post-processing, Do not increase or decrease, make it balance.”

Don’t get it. You’ll understand if you do it a lot.

Many people use photoshop for their photography because they think it makes their photograph look better. The problem sometimes is that they don’t know when to stop. They think more editing will make it better. But that’s not true. Instead of an amazing photograph, you’ll end up with a pile of shit.

So how to properly post-processing? One idea is just to edit it as you see it. Eyes catch better than the camera. Even though you see much more, but usually you cannot see it in your photograph.

For example a golden hour sky. You can see it. But when you’re taking the shot, your photograph didn’t show how colorful the sky is as much as you see it. So you can just make it so in post-processing, make it darker, more contrast, add saturation, make it more yellow. In doing so, you’ll end up with a photo that matches the golden hour sky that you saw.

Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing: Find Inspiration

My idea in photography is to find inspiration. Look for photos that you think are amazing and you want to copy.

For example, my architecture photography is inspired by an amazing photographer, Julia Anna Gospodarou. Her photography is one of the reasons I started my photography this way. That’s why I try to copy her photograph so it can look the same as her. You don’t need to worry about “copying is the same as stealing.” Eventually, your photograph gonna be different and end up as your own photography style.

Tips on Being Creative in Photography Post-Processing: Keep it Consistent

If you want to be creative you don’t have to make every different kind of photograph. Well, you can do it if you still exploring photography. But if you already have one kind of photography you want to do then keep consistent.

Now, consistency is not the same as doing the same thing. It means you just edited in a way you always like to do. But in time, improve. Get better without the change of style.


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