A blog about all of the trials and tribulations I experience through my career, i'll be talking about important topics to me and even using this blog as a platform to talk about possible projects I will be working on and photosets I plan to curate.

How much editing is too much editing?

So recently I posted a photo on my Instagram of the Flatiron building in New York City. I recently went stateside on holiday with my family and it's safe to say I did not want to leave. Now the Flatiron building is my favourite building in all of New York, so I felt like I really had to get the right shot, I must have fired off 200 photos of this one location because I was so excited, it's a building I found incredibly challenging to photograph because of the obviously abnormal dimensions but I did get a few that I was fucking ecstatic about. 

Now when I returned home from the states I begun the arduous task of sifting through all of the shit and finding the gems that I could work with, and sure enough I found the Flatiron photo that would apparently perform rather well on social media. Now on my last blog post you saw a photo of the Radio City tower in Liverpool that I took, with the teal sky and pink clouds. Now that is a heavily edited photo, I went though and hue shifted the blues and cyans as well as the reds and yellows to get the photo where I wanted to get it and just posted it, I wasn't overly enthusiastic about the edit, I was in two minds wether or not to just bin it off because of how heavily edited it was, but my friend James said it was great and he liked it so I posted it and it turned out to be my best performing Instagram post; until the Flatiron building photo came along that is. When I sat down to edit this Flatiron building photo I noticed there was an impeccably clear blue sky just ripe for fucking with, so I hue shifted the blues and cyans again, gave it a light blue/teal hue, boosted the natural sunlight that was painting the side of the building and posted it onto Instagram thinking it was going to perform as well as, but hopefully better than the Radio City tower photo. To my surprise it smashed the previous photo by a substantial amount, so it dawned on me, did I just find my niche? 

Now I sit here writing this at 1:30 in the morning, knowing full well I have to get up early but i'm obviously editing more New York photos, and I seem to find myself doing the same thing on the majority of my architecture photos, but now i'm looking at them wondering wether or not i'm over saturating a good thing... It seems like I went into this editing session with the soul intension of finding a similar photo and hue shifting the shit out of it because of how popular the other photos were, not because it necessarily benefits the photo in any way. So let's say hypothetically this is my niche, do I now have to do it to every photo that it will maybe work on just because that's what gets more recognition? This is where my thoughts go back to my statement in my previous blog post referring to some sort of passion behind a niche, yes green is my favourite colour, and teal is a kind of greeny blue that looks boss in a sky sometimes but just because of these facts does that mean I have to do it on every photo? I can't say I have a passion for teal skies and pink clouds I just thought it looked boss on a few photos. I know that at the end of the day they're my photos and it's my creativity and eye that will drive the look of the photo, but I feel myself drifting towards doing it because of outside influence more than because it's what I want to do to the photo. I don't want to take a photo that I love and hue shift the crap out of it, eventually ruining it, and release it to the world hating it all because I was thinking more about a load of people, many of which I don't even know, and their opinions, more than what I want to do with my own photos... 

I know it's only Instagram and it's really not the end of the world, I can just delete it and reset the edit in Lightroom, and you're probably reading this thinking, "fuck this guy overthinks absolutely everything" and you would be right it thinking that, but when it comes to photography I have to. This is my craft, I do one of my favourite things in the world for a living, and if i'm not hyper critical of my craft then I obviously wouldn't be as invested as I am. Musicians practice for months to make sure they're as tight and perfect sounding as they can possibly be before performing, artists repeatedly rub out parts of their drawings or throw half finished canvases out of the fucking window because they messed one little thing up, even writers meticulously comb through their words looking for mistakes, or change entire character arcs because they hate the direction their story is going in. I guess that's the reason i'm so hard on myself when it comes to my work is because I want it to be the best it can possibly be for me, and I guess that previous sentence kind of answered my own question didn't it...

Anyway here's the photo of the Flatiron building if you haven't already seen it. 

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