Editing – Getting it done

Editing

Are you like me and aren’t keen on editing and you procrastinate doing it as long as possible? Do you load your images onto your computer and fall out of love with them and don’t look at them again for another week?

I love the images on the back of my camera, I come away from a session on a high, then I load my images onto my computer and I get disheartened. But WHY? Is it because I am lacking the vision of what I want the final image to look like? Or did I miss the distracting item in the background? Was my backdrop just not wide enough? The list goes on.

For me that stops TODAY, and I want it to stop for you too!

So here are some of my suggestions for getting editing done:

1) Practice makes perfect, practicing will help you develop your workflow and will also help you figure out your editing style (more about finding your editing style here). Practicing will also give you confidence which in turn will stop you procrastinating!

2) Just do it….like a Band-Aid, ripping it off will remove the fear around editing which leads to procrastinating. Force yourself to sit down and edit, if you need to set a timer. Time constraints will help you focus.

3) Don’t over think it, remember editing (especially in Lightroom) is not final, you can always go back a tweak and edit if you aren’t happy with it.

4) Just start, pick your least favourite from the session and edit that first, then you will start to enjoy editing when you get to your favourite image.

5) If you don’t have the time to edit a session in one go, do it in increments, reward yourself with a break (maybe your fav TV series). But come back to it, don’t start and then come back to it a week later, as you will lose your flow.

6) If you aren’t already using Lightroom, start using it! It saves time and you can easily sync edits (seriously a game changer for me).

7) Think about outsourcing, for real…we all have strengths, weaknesses and time constraints. What could you be doing with your time saved editing to propel your business forward? Or how about being able to spend more time with your family?

So grab a drink and get started! What are you waiting for?!

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Erin Freeman

Erin Freeman

ERIN FREEMAN IS A NATURAL LIGHT NEWBORN/FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN SUFFOLK, UK.

Originally from Canada, she upped sticks and moved to England 13 years ago, where she started a new adventure with her British husband. Her love of photography was ignited over 20 years ago when she travelled to Moscow, Russia aged 14, she hasn’t looked back since.

She started her business nearly 3 years ago, she soon realized that to offer her clients the best possible service, it needed to be personal, so she started looking into more ways to create this service, when the opportunity came to meet with Elizabeth Halford to take the Sales in Plain English class, she jumped at it.

When Erin isn’t working, she enjoys hanging out with her son at the British seaside and camping (or glamping as her son calls it). She also loves a bit of crocheting and sewing in the winter months.
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