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Common Photo Editing Mistakes

Common Photo Editing Mistakes

Photography editing can either bring your vision to life or ruin your photos. To make sure your images turn out the way you plan, we have a guide to the most common photo editing mistakes – and how to fix them!


Editing the Original File
It’s a general rule to save a copy of the original file before editing. Don’t make the mistake of not saving the file until you’re done with the edits. Saving the files before you start allows you to edit the untouched photo once again if you’re not satisfied with the original edit. It also helps you to analyze the original picture and compare it with the edited one.

Over Editing the Eyes
The eyes are the most expressive part of the face and a good edit will help you to enhance the image adding more emotion to it. Don’t go too far by adding unreal colors to the iris or making the pupils too wide. These unnecessary additions make your photo taken with your camera from look very unnatural.


Sharpening to Correct Focus
Sharpness and focus are two different elements, and you can't improve the focus by sharpening the image. It would create more noise, and you’ll lose many vital image details.

Too Much Contrast
The right amount of contrast makes the image drive attention to the subject. But one downside of adding a high amount of contrast is the loss of image detail. You also run the risk of burning some part of the image while correcting the other. The best thing to do to avoid this situation is to add contrast only to areas where it is needed rather than adding contrast to the entire frame.

Faking Bokeh
The fact is you can't create the Bokeh effect with your editing software. You will only end up with random blurs that are unappealing and distracting. A good Bokeh creates a natural sense of distinction between the subject and the background. This effect should be created while shooting the picture with your DSLR from and not while editing it.

Over-cropping an image doesn’t allow you to change the aspect ratio later even if the current one is not suitable. It’s best to crop the file only when you have a perfect idea of how and where the picture would be displayed.

Too Much Skin Smoothing
Skin has texture, shadow and blemishes. Going too far in correcting those elements would make the skin tone look plastic and unreal. Sometimes the difference between perfect and overdone is just a matter of one or two clicks. So be cautious of not overdoing it and ruining the effect.

It’s a good idea to set your work aside for a few hours and then peer back at the creation. You can then, with fresh eyes, decide whether you’ve done too much editing and if toning things down is a good idea!
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