Identifying (many) problems

Identifying (many) problems

I tried to be really brutal when doing this. I don’t mean to sound “oh look how wonderful I am” but Robyn you’ve taught me to be really vigorous about looking for background distractions before I even press the shutter release and then I tend to delete and crop out anything that snuck in straight away, so it was actually quite hard to find some shots that would be good to really play with. But I found that having chosen a few that I thought were OK but not brilliant shots and really examining them in detail I could find lots of issues! Let’s see if I can turn then into shots that I’m super happy with 🙂
These are all SOOC and shot in RAW so they have that slightly flat look that RAW photos have pre-edit.
Photo 1 – Zebra girl. A & B – all those bright highlights in the background. I’d like to get rid of those bright highlights along the top and maybe fill it in with the trees. C & E – distractions. D – rather annoyingly the three year old busted her chin which is a very difficult place to have something to edit out, I have found. Overall it is slightly underexposed, needs cropping and a tone and contrast adjustment. If I was going to be really picky I would get rid of the tree branch then but since the photos were taken under the apple tree the branch doesn’t bother me.
Photo 2 – taken on our recent Parisian jaunt. The whole trip was a real exercise in trying to avoid background distractions (tourists, what a nuisance they are, they get in your photos all the time). A couple of obvious background distractions here, plus it needs a little straightening and cropping. Also the pink jacket is waaaay too bright, I had a whole day of photos where the colours (particularly greens and pinks) seemed too vibrant so I would like to know how to tone these down without affecting everything else (because I think her skin tone is good here, for example).
Photo 3 – A, B & C background distractions, I like the green bush behind her so would like to carry that across the top of the frame so it is more uniform. If I was being fussy I would say the rug at the bottom left (G) is distracting too. The spots on her hat (D) are slightly overexposed as is so if I increase the exposure or contrast they blow out. There is some weird speckled light from the hat on her cheek (F). And if I was going to be super fussy there are a couple of loose threads hanging off her hat (E) that would be super obvious if the photo was blown up to a larger print.
Jeez, that kind of makes me feel worse about my photos!! 🙁

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I live in the beautiful hills of Perth with my husband and three year old daughter. I have degrees in history and law but am staying home for a few years to raise my gorgeous little girl. I love creative pursuits, be it creative play with my three year old, sewing, or my new passion - photography. I've owned a DSLR for about 6 years but have only just started to really explore it's capabilities (and mine!).


  1. This is not supposed to make you feel bad about your photography, Siobhan. This exercise is just to help you to identify where you can make your photos even better with a few little edits. These are really lovely 🙂 And I’m very jealous about the trip to Paris!
    In an upcoming lesson you’ll gat a chance to edit these using tips and tricks I’ll show you. And you can ask questions about anything you’re still not sure about.

  2. No, I don’t feel bad, it was really good to do. It’s good to really examine things in detail because it makes you think about it more when taking the photos as well as in editing. Looking forward to learning many more tips and tricks 🙂
    And the Paris trip was awesome, and the photo taking was particularly awesome. I completely envy that beautiful soft European Spring light and all that green and colour in the background.

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