13 photo editing mistakes every photographer makes (and how to stop!)

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With just a few clicks you can correct exposure and white balance problems, tweak contrast, remove unwanted objects and add better backgrounds. But with that power comes the ability to make mistakes, bad mistakes.

To make life easier during those early days when you’re just getting to grips with your photo editing software, our friends at Photoventure have for their latest guest blog post compiled a list of the most common photo editing mistakes that photographers make at one point or another, and offer some advice about how to avoid making them.

Photo Editing Mistake No. 1: Over saturating colours

13 photo editing mistakes every photographer makes: 01. Oversaturating colours

Many images benefit from a little boost to the saturation to bring colours to life, but go easy, and don’t keep pushing it further and further up.

A good tip when you’re making an adjustment is to look away for a few seconds and then look back.

Suddenly you see that those small incremental images have pushed the colours too far.

It may also help to refer back to your original image on a regular basis as this will make the edits more apparent.

Photo Editing Mistake No. 2: Bad use of filters

When you first start using editing software like Photoshop there’s a natural tendency to try out every available effect.

While it’s good to explore the program’s capabilities, as with many things in life it’s usually a case of less is more.

A poor image is rarely improved by a hefty application of the Watercolor Filter, for instance, and the Spherize Filter is probably best left alone in most cases.


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