The top 3 post-processing mistakes for beginner photographers to avoid


posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 5:00 PM EDT


Photographer Ming Cai has learned a lot over the years, including coming to recognize various post-processing mistakes he made when he was first starting out. Every photographer was at one point a beginner and for every beginner, there will be some form of a learning curve, both for capturing images and for editing them. In the video below, Cai shares three beginner post-processing mistakes you should avoid.

The first mistake is not calibrating your monitor. It can be tempting to think that your computer's display is good to go right out of the box, but this is not true. In many cases, monitors are too bright and are too saturated. On the topic of calibration, Datacolor just unveiled their new SpyderX calibration tool, which you can learn about here.

Next up is the common mistake of over processing your images. It can be very tempting to pump up all sort of sliders in Lightroom or your photo-processing software of choice, resulting in unrealistic colors or even file quality degradation. A subtle approach is often the best. To see the third common mistake many beginner photographers make when editing their images, watch the full video below.

(Via Ming Cai