Photo Editing

Kenneth Jones

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architecture, editing, edits, interior design, photo editing, photographs, retouch

In today's world, virtually everyone has a cell phone, and virtually every cell phone has a camera, some of which are actually pretty good.

It's common to see people snapping pictures everywhere: at weddings, car shows, vacations, and so on. Even many less active real estate agents and those who work in lower priced markets take cell phone pictures of their property listings.

However, what truly sets apart a mere picture from a professional-quality photograph is the art of professional photo editing.

Professional level digital photo editing is a unique skill that requires technical proficiency combined with artistic talent.

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Professional Photo Editing

However, many professional photographers lack this skill, which requires them to hire a professional photo editor to produce their finished photos. While hiring a photo editor may produce a lovely end product, in my opinion, it's the product of the photo editor, not the photographer.

In digital photography, the computer has replaced the dark room. Consequently, professional quality editing requires mastering professional editing software, including Photoshop, Lightroom, and CaptureOne.

But what's at least as important as developing and keeping up to date with the latest technologies, such as the latest artificial intelligence (AI) editing tools, is the artistic talent of the person manipulating the software. After all, just because someone is proficient at writing a letter doesn't necessarily mean they're capable of writing a novel.

Here are a few examples of photos that I recently applied some photo editing.

Each BEFORE shot is unedited as it came out of my camera. The AFTER shots are my edits, which you can compare to the shots BEFORE they were edited.

I shot this photo of a newly built and soon-to-be-opened medical office building in Toms River, New Jersey, on an overcast day in early spring; I only shot this view since this is the street view that the public will see.

In the BEFORE photo, straight out of the camera, the colors appear to be washed out, and the sky is a milky white. Looking closer, you'll see several light poles, signposts, and Do-Not-Enter signs, all of which detract from the front facade.

By adjusting the exposure, bringing down the highlights, and adding contrast, I brought back the blue in the sky that was being obscured by the reflective light from the clouds. I also used a "dehaze" tool to bring back some of the color and detail of the building, as well as the shrubbery and grass.

Using an AI edit tool, I removed the light poles and all of the signs. Then, by increasing the color saturation and clarity, brightening the shadows under the portico, and creating a dark vignette, I framed the building, which is the subject of the photo, and directed the viewer's eye to it.

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Interior photography can be as challenging as it is rewarding, especially when facing a mixture of color sources, from the orange tones created by incandescent lighting to color reflections caused by natural sunlight or photo lighting bouncing off brightly colored walls, floors, and furnishings.

As you can see in this BEFORE photo, in addition to being a bit under exposed and with the windows being over exposed, the orange color of the floor is reflecting onto everything; it's called "color cast." To add to this problem, more orange tones are being generated by the incandescent light in the range hood.

In addition to the color cast, this photo contains several unwanted elements, such as the items on the refrigerator, various items on the countertop, a wrinkled rug at the refrigerator, and an unwanted rug on the right side of the shot.

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I brightened this photo by adjusting the exposure and bringing down the highlights, which also darkened the windows to show the outside.

Using the color luminance tool combined with slight desaturation of the color orange, I removed virtually all of the color cast.  Then, using an AI edit tool, I removed the unwanted items on the refrigerator, the counter top, and the rug on the right. Using a clone tool, I straightened the rug at the refrigerator. After a few other tweaks, the result is what you see in the AFTER photo.


Photo editing is intensely tedious and requires acute attention to the most minute details, which most people will never see... except for the editor.

And as laborious and stressful as it can sometimes become, there isn't anything I'd rather do except take photographs that I can transform into photographic art.

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