Why you should re-process your photos

Over the years, I have learnt a lot about photo post processing. I have learnt many different techniques - how to maximize mood in a photo, how to enhance details, how to get the most out of a RAW file etc, but in doing so I have developed a certain style of processing. This style has taken many different forms over the years, and becomes very apparent when I go back on old images and re-process them.

The purpose of this blog post is to show you how my style of processing has changed, and hopefully you will agree with me that the new edits are better and convey a better sense of mood and atmosphere.

In general, I have learnt most of the techniques in my arsenal based on landscape images, but I have used that knowledge and translated them into working with wildlife images too.

If I had to describe my style of processing now, I would say I process images more on the darker, softer side, but still maintaining bright highlights which helps the darker image not appear under exposed. I like dark shadows but still containing all visible details (I dont have any pure black tones in my images). I like cooler, less saturated shadows and warmer, more saturated highlights. I like the shadows to be less contrasty to the highlights. I don’t like my images to be highly saturated, I prefer subtle colour saturation. I try and emphasize colour contrast between warm (highlights) and cool (shadow) tones.

The style mentioned above is not anything new in terms of uniqueness in the photography world, but it’s what I like and it gives me great direction when I sit down to edit an image. I like this processing style to stretch across my entire portfolio of images in both landscapes and wildlife, giving it more of a cohesive structure. Well, thats the goal once I can find time to reprocess older images.

I want to encourage you to take a few of your old images and re-process them to see how your style has changed.

See below for a few examples of the older edits versus the newer ones. For me, my older edits are really not good, but its a great indicator of my progress as a photographer and post-processor.

I hope you take some inspiration from this blog post to look into re-processing some older images, and perhaps notice a new direction in your editing style.

Until next time - MD