Editing your photography

10-14-2014 7-47-25 PMBy Barry J. Ewell

For over 40 years I have used the camera to capture the lives of my family and friends.  The camera has been a very important tool in my professional career in public relations and advertising.  I first started with a film camera and spent hundreds of wonderful/fun hours in a dark room developing and printing my on prints.  Since the late 90’s I have used the digital camera extensively in to aid in my genealogical research.

I would like to share with you a few of the lessons I have learned when editing my photography.

  1. Remember – your original photos are your negatives:
    1. Never make changes to these – always work with a copy of the photo.
    2. When you load a photo into your image manipulation program ALWAYS do a save as to make a copy of the photo and then work with that copy.
    3. If you make a mistake, you can always go back to the original and try again.
  2. Most common editing tasksyouwillperform include the following:
    1. Reassembling large documents that have been photographed in sections.
    2. Correcting the effects of poor lighting conditions and/or removing shadows from your document photos.
    3. Compensating for distortion of the document photo caused by a poor shooting angle or curled pages.
    4. Enhancing the quality of document photos suffering from low contrast and/or hard to read text.
  3. An exampleofeditinga document with poor lighting (using Adobe Photoshop or Elements):
    1. Import image.
    2. Create duplicate image.
    3. Rotate image.
    4. Use cropping/editing tools to trim image.
    5. Use auto level, auto color, auto contrast (use manual if needed).
    6. Save as: Use file naming structure. Copy and paste from other document.