I can’t believe it’s March already! Do you ever feel like time is going way too fast? Because that’s how I feel at the moment.
January and February was actually pretty good months for me, especially in terms of creativity and it’s been the same for March so far. I have been writing almost every day on new and old writing projects, I have defied the gloom and gone outside to photograph and I have written tons of new ideas down in my notebook for the blog, my photography and my writing.
More recently I have been trying to teach myself how to edit my photos better and more often. I have never been a big fan of digital photo editing; I have seen so many overly edited (and badly taken) photographs that look completely fake and it’s just not my style. Sure, you can make up for a lot of flaws with digital editing, which can be helpful but for me it’s important to try and get the shot right the moment I press the shutter. So most of the photos you see here on the blog is the raw, unedited image.
But lately I’ve also realised that I’m being a bit too “conservative” about this. Editing a shot that didn’t turn out just like you had planned, can help you realise the vision you had. It can make an already good photograph stand out more. Or it can help you turn your photographs into something you can use for an art project.
I had a whole bunch of photos from January that I wasn’t a 100 % satisfied with and one afternoon I tried out different creative editing settings for them to try and improve them a little. I was so surprised how a few clicks could change what I thought was an unsuccessful shot into something that felt more… magical, almost.
I ran them all through the effect settings in my editing software and made them look like 19th century albumen prints. It made them look so different, as if the lack of colour was highlighting all the things I hadn’t managed to capture when I took the shot. I liked the setting so much that I even put it on some of my more successful photographs and I just love how it adds a romantic nostalgia and timelessness to them, as if the photographs could have been taken anytime between now and 150 years ago.
This is what my photograph looked like before I edited it. A bit bland and not really giving the mystical sense of the landscape I had been going for, where I wanted to highlight the fog in the background and the curve of the ditch in the foreground:
What it looked like after I added the Time Machine Albumen Print effect to it, where it looks both timeless and more mystical, and better highlights the shape of the ground like I originally intended:
This is what my other former, less succesful photos looked like before and after I had put them through the same process:
I think the sepia colour on the last one really suits the straw which was already a bit brown to begin with and better highlights the contrasts in light, the frost and the texture of each straw.
And finally I also did it with one new and one old favourite of mine, which makes me love them even more:
I will definitely be printing out the London one in a large scale, frame it and hang it up in our livingroom! I like it in colour, I like it in black and white but I love it like this, making the old and new London look timeless together.
Do you use your photographs as they are or do you like to edit them? Send me links in the comments so I can check out your photography, too!