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How It's Done

Common Faults


Processing software has placed all sorts of weird and wonderful effects at our fingertips.
But just because they exist, doesn’t mean we should make their use obvious. David discusses the art of restraint.

Last week, I was privileged to be involved again in the judging of a major photo competition (more on that when the results are announced). It was tough to choose the winners, as there were so many outstanding images. But there were also far too many great pictures that were let down by heavy-handed processing. It’s a pity to see strong images ruined in this way, and it happens far too often, which leads me to conclude that learning the art of restraint may be the hardest part of post-production. Here, then, is a round-up of the most common mistakes people make. In fact, this feature should really be called how it’s not done!

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