Every digital image can benefit from post processing. Yes. You read that right. Due to the technical nature of the way digital images are created, some post processing is needed to bring out the best qualities in the image data. “Oh, but I shoot in jpg and my images look great”, you say? This is because the camera has already processing the image to create the jpg file. Shoot in RAW, to see the difference between an unprocessed file and your jpg.
This is the second article covering essential post processing steps for digital photographs. The process covered here includes 10 photo characteristics to consider during your first edit of a new image. Yes, I said first edit. It is okay to revisit an image and make multiple passes while editing.
This article covers steps 4-7 of my 10 essential steps. Steps 1, 2, & 3 were covered in a prior post, Part 1, where I also included information about the cameras, computer, and software I use in my workflow. I have yet to find an image that could not be improve with some measure of tweaking. If you are a purist, who is dead set against post processing and feels adamantly that everything must be done in camera, then this article is not for you. I will mention that modern digital cameras all do some amount of post processing and more and more capabilities are added with each new technological generation.