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Editing Photos

"Why does it take so long to post photos." I hear this a lot from my customers. Editing photos is a very important part of today's digital photography. In the days of film, the negative and the darkroom were where the "editing" took place. Today, it is on the computer. The images I take are very large high resolution images from a Professional Camera. I take my images in a format called “RAW,” that can be edited with expensive software to produce superior results. All pro photographers do this. And then I use two large and expensive color-calibrated monitors to review all of the images. I correct for white balance, exposure, contrast, saturation, highlight and shadow recovery, clarity, vibrance, saturation, and sharpening. All of those are separate functions. Then I straighten the images, and then I crop them. Finally, I upload them for viewing in the galleries. It takes a long time to do a decent job. And I happen to be a perfectionist. There have been occasions when I have had to photoshop and replace eyes, heads, and limbs in photos. So, when you add it all up, these are not “selfies” that most people take. Sometimes the editing can dramatically change a photo. And when I produce a professional print, I spend a lot of extra editing on just that one image.

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