Every digital image can benefit from some post processing. How much is enough?
I’m thinking about this because I’ve got about 3500 images to review from a couple of dance concerts. It used to be a lot easier to cull the bad ones, because out of focus, under- and over-exposed images were quite obvious as I browsed through the batch. But I’ve gotten pretty good at the technical side of things, so now I’ve got over 3,000 technically okay images to deal with. Yikes.
So now I’m making aesthetic decisions, and that is not my strong suit. I know, I know. Initiative, organization and patience are not my strong suits either. The only thing I could probably call my strong suit is my motorcycle jacket and pants, which have kevlar fibers and lots of padding. But seriously, I want to provide the dance teacher with images that document her event, and I also want to take the best captures and see if I can turn them into really good photos. I’m intimidated by the task ahead. I’m going to have to be ruthless in my editing, and I’m going to have to decide whether my retouching skills and judgment are up to the challenge, as illustrated by the two photos below: