I always find it amazing how much I'm still learning about photography when I've been snapping away for about ten years now. I feel like I've progressed hugely just in the last few months.
I think the main reason for this is due to my increased interest in photo editing. It's quite incredible how much an image can be transformed using tools such as Photoshop and Lightroom. I often find myself looking back over photos from a few months ago or perhaps even last year and opening them up in Photoshop to see how I can possibly work with them differently to produce a better image with the skills I now have.
See the example above. On the left is the image SOOC (straight out of the camera). For whatever reason, this shot had not grabbed my attention when going over the photos from Stockholm after the trip. I must have dismissed it as simply a snapshot. However, later, when looking over the photos once more it stood out to me and I saw how I could transform the shot into something more interesting and atmospheric. I find the more I go over my images, the more I learn to analyse how light behaves and what I need to look for next time I'm in a similar setting with my camera.
This shoot with Ruby was my favourite I've done for quite a while. I knew Ruby wanted to see the shots as we were going along but I wanted her to see them finished because I knew how much I'd be able to work with them. After the shoot, I grabbed some dinner and then went to see Dr Strange (awesome film) and almost the whole time I was thinking how I couldn't wait to get home so I could start editing the photos. I'm actually quite amazed myself just how much detail can be recovered using Photoshop. When I was doing this shoot, I had an idea in my head of how I wanted the images to look and I'm so happy that I was able to achieve that through editing. I know a lot of people don't agree with editing images but for me it is absolutely all part of the creative process and I just view it as a way to get the most out of an image. It's an art form in itself.
Even editing these shots taught me how I can improve next time. Examining an image in such detail really teaches you how to frame better and how to use the light and what you need to be looking for.
If you're interested in how I edit my images, please get in touch and I'll happily go into more detail in another post.
I'm the founder of Tinska and aside from photography, I spend my time practicing yoga, reading anything from Beat poetry to Science Fiction and running around after a cheeky puppy.