Are you evolving the way you edit?

By |2014-08-16T12:13:24+00:00Jun 16th, 2014|

In about an hour, I’ll be taking off to Germany to visit my colleagues at the Nik office in Lubeck followed by a short stint working out of the Google NYC office. It’s always cool to see what they’re working on. I guess image editing is funny like that – there always seems to be better or different or faster ways to edit an image. Whether it’s the style you apply or the platform that you work on, there is a never-ending quest to refine our editing techniques… and that’s a good thing. It helps reduce the likelihood of falling into a rut or pigeonholing yourself. It also aids in exposing ourselves to new ways of doing things, letting evolution play a little part in our methods of creative thinking.

I, for one, am always auditing how I edit, asking myself “Is there something better that I can do to more closely realize my creative vision?” I do the same thing when I’m out in the field, mind you, but I admit to having a special fondness for the post process. Do you find yourselves doing the same thing? It’s sort of like the photographer’s never-ending quest to find the perfect camera bag. I know you know what I’m talking about. :)

Take this image for example. There was a time not too long ago that I’d never even consider editing, much less posting, from a tablet (in this case, an Apple iPad Air). I’d give myself all sorts of excuses why that would be a tragedy. But, as I tinkered with the idea more and started factoring the rather sizable benefits to the lean and light, yet robust, mobile editing/publishing workflow, things started to jive. While waiting for my plane to board, I loaded this image up in Snapseed after syncing it from my Sony A7 camera via WiFi. Sure, I didn’t set the custom WB or work off of a RAW file. But you know what? I was really happy with the result and because of that, I am able to share it with you on-the-fly. No problems, no worries.

It’s something that I’m going to be exploring more of in the coming weeks here on my blog and I hope you are able to get as much out of this as I had.

2 Comments

  1. Mykal Hall June 16, 2014 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    This is a subject I’ve been thinking about over the last two and a half months since my wife and I have been on holidays touring Europe. I have a stack of images to process but the shear logistics of processing them while still maintaining the holiday schedule is a nightmare. Yet my wife can post all her holiday snaps and videos on the fly from her Samsung Galaxy camera via her Nexus 4. OK the standard of her images compared to my varies greatly but its the immediate interaction she can achieve and the instant blog record created that I feel have missed the boat during this trip.

    I’m all “Roosted” and will see where this leads me.

  2. kate hailey June 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I simply love the power of our mobile devices. Since 2010 I’ve completed 3, photo a day projects all created and edited on mobile devices, I’m in the midst of my 4 365 project this year. The power of apps like Snapseed, Mextures and Blender really have expanded my vision of what you can do with a small package like an iPhone or iPad. While not quite as powerful as Photoshop and Lightroom, they’re still wonderful. And with CC you can even do some LR adjustments via your iPad. Creative technology is at our fingertips!

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