identifying problems

Before we start looking at how to fix common problems, it’s important to have a look at how to best identify problems. The best rule of thumb with editing photos of your children is to do what is necessary while still keeping the image looking as natural as possible. Over editing is something to be avoided.

This video will take you through a process for quickly identifying what needs to be fixed and is a great first step in your editing process:

note: please excuse the wonky audio at the end of this video. I will be re-recording it shortly!

video examples

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other examples

A: Distraction
B & C: Bright spots
D: Red splotchy cheeks
E: Yellow colour cast on nose
F: Large dark background distraction
A: Bright distraction
B: Dark distraction
C: Over-exposed
D: Slightly under-exposed

your task

Select 6 images that you’d like to work on during this course. If you have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements or other program that have a brush tool, use the process in the video to identify your problem areas. Save as a new file and you’ll use it as a guide for the next set of lessons. If your editing system does not have a brush tool you can print your image (on your home printer is fine) and draw/write on your print-out. Or you can simply write down the issues you’d like to fix.


Share some of the images you are going to work on in the upcoming “fixing the problems” lessons. Sharing your images will allow me to see what you need to work on and to give you advice throughout the following lessons.


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