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10 Rules for Editing Digital Images

Wedding Photographer Martin Whitton Shares his rules for Editing Digital Images

1. Tone of space (a room, for example) should be balanced and neutral, with no overall bias;
2. Blacks (like tuxes) should be black;
3. Whites (like wedding gowns) should be white;
4. Don’t over-saturate images (my personal pet peeve)! Final edited image should be representative of what the human eye saw when photographing occurred;
5. Flesh tones should be realistic and consistent. If he looks red and she looks pale white, something’s probably wrong;
6. Image should be level or straight. Use reference points within image to determine this;
7. Fix and remove any “red-eye” issues when flash is used;
8. Sharpen all images last, and do it sparingly;
9. Save images based on their intended use; images being posted online can be as small as 500 kb. Images that will be printed should probably be 1-2 mb (minimum);
10. For easy tracking and identification, rename/save images based on the event, like – “Jane & John Wedding 1”.

Read more:

http://digital-photography-school.com/10-rules-for-editing-digital-images

QUESTION: DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT. WHY OR WHY NOT? POST YOUR ANSWER AS A COMMENT TO THIS POST. THEN RESPOND TO TWO OTHER PEOPLE’S POSTS

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42 Responses to “10 Rules for Editing Digital Images”


  1. 1 chloe P
    November 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I agree with all of them but some of them are like “DUH!” i am not stupid! I agree with Beth becasue some have to be taken at an angle but i think the lady means if they can be make it staright if it cant oh well. and also i would make different photos from the same ones to show the bride after the wedding to see if she likes the different ones better. ANYONE can make this list

  2. 2 Juana Gonzalez
    November 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I agree with these rules or statement because I guess That without the rules the photographers pictures wouldn’t be the same. The pictures wouldn’t be the same because this photographer has really great photographs and he has rules for a reason. If a person tries to follow these rules it would be likely to not complete most of the rules because everyone has their own style and it would be hard to follow every single rule, but if the pictures look great, we should follow the rules.

    I agree with what Brittany says because these rules would actually be really hard to follow if we ever take wedding pictures.

    I also agree with Sarah J because it’s not like if we have to make the picture so perfect in photoshop.

  3. 3 spencer hamilton
    November 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    i do agree with the stuff he said but there is also other things you should do i dont think he got it all

  4. November 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with these rules or statement because I guess That without the rules the photographers pictures wouldn’t be the same. The pictures wouldn’t be the same because this photographer has really great photographs and he has rules for a reason. If a person tries to follow these rules it would be likely to not complete most of the rules because everyone has their own style and it would be hard to follow every single rule, but if the pictures look great, we should follow the rules.

    I agree with what Brittany says because these rules would actually be really hard to follow if we ever take wedding pictures.

    I also agree with Sarah J because it’s not like if we have to make the picture so perfect in photoshop.

  5. 5 Sydney Baias
    November 20, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    i agree with everything expet for #1 becuase the picture would be really boring if it had no other tone to it. so why would you need just one balcance and neautral color..BORINGG!! its needs to be different colors. and in wedding photos the balance and contrast should be different in each picture to make it interesting. but everything else is ok.(:

  6. 6 Bethorn Wendorf
    November 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I agree with only half of the rules becuase those are the duh’s of photography, but the opther 5: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 I don’t agree with. I don’t agree with 1 becuase if something in the room looks like it should be the main focus than it should and it also depends on what the person wants. I don’t agree with 2 or 3 because some people wear different colors to their own weddings and that’s what they wanted so it shouldn’t have to be set to one color. I don’t agree with 4 becuase again it all depends on what the people want to have in their picture. Lastly I do not agree with 6 because sometimes certain pictures look really cool at an angle.


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