3 Common Photo Editing Mistakes And How To Fix Them

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From professional photographers, to the regular users that post their photos on social media, we all edit our images in some way or another to make them look “better” before we make them public. Some apply different filters, others use editing apps, and many use professional programs. Here are some common photo editing mistakes people make and how to fix them!

Photography Tips | 3 common photo editing mistakes, and what you need to do to fix them.

Common Photo Editing Mistakes

1. Over Saturating
In order to add more color and pop to a photo, most people raise the saturation slider too high. When doing so, the colors usually look unrealistic, especially the skin tones which tend to be too orange or yellow.

One tip to prevent this would be to use the vibrance slider instead, or use the saturation slider with moderation. If you have the option to increase the saturation of certain colors only, you can just play with those sliders so the overall look of your image will stay natural.

2. Over Vignetting
Vignetting means darkening the sides or corners of an image. Some people love this feature because they want to draw the focus to the subject of their photo, while darkening the corners of their image. By overdoing it, your image might look too dark and unrealistic.

If you want to use vignette, do so with moderation. I personally prefer bright  and airy images, and disabling the vignette option is one of the first things I do in my editing process.

3. Over Processing the Eyes
Usually the eyes are the main focus of a photo and we want them to look sharp and crisp. However, just like I mentioned above, over doing it might make your image look unrealistic.

Use your sharpening tool with precaution and make sure the eyes are consistent with the sharpening of the other features of the face. If the eyes are too sharp they will look unrealistic.

Everyone has their own process of editing that works for them. While there is no right or wrong editing style, the above photo editing mistakes are just a few things to look out for when processing your images.

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Alina is a Northern Virginia wedding photographer based out of Leesburg, VA. She has a passion for arts and design, and strives to express it through her work. She is creative at heart and loves nothing more than sharing her knowledge in photography with other Virginia wedding photographers on her blog each week. Alina loves being a new mom to her first-born and spending time with her husband who helps her run her businesses. Please feel free to follow her on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+.