Are you a landscape photographer who embraces post processing as a part of creating beautiful artistic images? If yes then here’s a tip I picked up from Trey Ratcliff while attending his New Zealand Photo Adventure last year. It might seem like a strange one at first but it’s one I used on this image and honestly I love the results.
Don’t process all of your photos from a trip or shoot right away.
Yup. That’s it. Simple right? But why on earth would you do that? Why wouldn’t you edit all of your photos right away so you can share them? Well, here’s the rationale. What you know today is only a fraction of what you will know in a few more weeks, months or years. So this means that when you re-visit your images after some time has passed, you will have more skills to bring to the editing table.
The problems I encountered while making this image - like very heavy chromatic aberrations for example - I wouldn’t have even noticed a year ago let alone known how to fix them. It’s a proven truth that practise improves our results and practise needs time. So why not time capsule one or two of your favourite raw captures from your next outing. Hold them for your skilled hands of the future.
Of course regardless of the outcome, you still get the joyous side benefit of re-visiting memory lane.
Have a wonderful weekend friends.