Project 52 – Re-shoot, Re-edit, Re-visit

Mar 28, 2014

I got to pick this week’s theme! It’s one I’ve been thinking about for a while.  My shooting style and editing style have both evolved over the years.  My editing style more-so than my shooting style.  I wanted to challenge us to go back and look at some of our old work and see how we might edit them differently now.  Or even re-shoot a similar shot all together.

I went through what I would call a “dark period” in my work.  I had just taken an online course where the photographer talked about how he purposely underexposed his shots to preserve the highlights.  But I was also in a phase of trying to challenge myself to get my settings right in the camera and not have to do any dramatic editing to make the photo look good.  If I was going to be a great photographer, I didn’t want to have to rely on editing.  I wanted (and still do) want my editing to enhance the photos, but not use it to create something that’s not real.  Mixing the two did NOT work!  Obviously if I was going to underexpose with the purpose of then editing the images to brighten shadows and still have details in the highlights, I would have to EDIT the photos!

This first images below shows the original photo on the left.  I underexposed while shooting, but didn’t brighten the photo as much as I would have now.  The middle photo is my original edit and the one on the right is how I would edit the photo now.  I warmed it up, better defined the eyes, but also did not oversaturate the blues in the eyes like I did before.  I also now have photoshop, so removing the leash is much more clean.  You can still see the little circles from where I tried to remove the leash in Lightroom.

reedit baxter 2This second image is from the same shoot.  I adore this photo!!!!  But it was a bit too dark and too cool in coloring for my current style.  I brightened the eyes, cropped and rotated slightly and warmed up the photo.reedit baxter1

To see how the other photographers in our international Project 52 group took on my challenge for the week, start with Greater Cincinnati photographer, Carol Locey Photography. Click through the links until you end up back here!