Rely too Much on Post-Processing
Imagine this in your situation. You’re an amateur photographer. Every day you try to improve to create better photography. Then realize that post-processing is an important factor in photography that you can’t ignore. So you learn how to use post-processing software, like photoshop or such. You understand how to use it or even master it now. Ever since then, every of your photography is post-processed. You see your photo looks better than before it was edited. Or is it?
Here where it becomes trickier. The idea of photography looks better mostly because you only compare it to the before-photo. Why don’t you try to compare your photo to other photography out there. You probably realize you’re photo just a better-shitty photo.
This is what I felt back then.
Take a look at these photos:
All of these photos are great. Until I realize it was not.
I rely too much on post-processing. I think I could fix the mistake I did in post-processing. In my mind, I thought,
“I can just make it great in post-processing.”
If that what your thinking, then keep dreaming. Once a bad photo, will always a bad photo. Why do you think pro take hundreds or even thousands of photo for a single photo session?
This happens a lot. When I see many photos on instagram, I can see many of them are a bad photo that has been post-processed to make look a bit better. Thinking that post-processing alone can make fix it.
What to do?
This kind of thinking must be remove from your mind. Understand what it takes to take a great shot. You even go back to basic. Take a photo in JPEG. Don’t use post-processing. Then ask for an opinion from others. Or you can compare your photo to another photo from another photographer. Then ask yourself, “Is mine better than her/his?”
Bias? Sure. But still better than just comparing to your own.