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Editing trick: Removing distractions
Something I learned from the amazing Ben Sasso’s blog was to look at a photograph and ask yourself,
“How can I make this better?”
It’s all about taking your imagery to the next level. When I have a fantastic photo, before I post it online to be showcased to the world, I step back and examine what could really make it better. And most of the time, it can be improved tremendously in less than 5 minutes. The #1 culprit?
Below is a photo from a Boston City Hall elopement. Before I shared it after taking it over a year ago, I stopped and brought it back into Photoshop. Revisiting old edits can be extremely beneficial.
You’ll see when you roll over the image that I removed people in the background, removed cracks and imperfections in the street, blurred the background a bit more (with the Blur Taming Brush from Little Lusker Photoshop actions), removed flyaway hairs, and removed colorful road signs in the background. All in all, it took about 6 minutes of clone stamping.
All the photos showcased in your portfolio should be polished and distraction-free. Put your best foot forward, and take your photos to the next level!