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Why you should do some post production on your holiday photographs.

Why you should do some post production on your holiday photographs. - Steve Davey and David Taylor are professional travel photographers who have a spot of advice on improving your photographs once you're home.

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When you return home from your trip, instead of taking them straight-off to be printed, take your time and consider editing them first. For Steve goes through his pictures to see where his strengths and weaknesses are. Throwing away bad images will save you a lot of storage space and will make backing up easier. It also means that you won't accidentally send out the wrong image. 
Si-Phan by Steve Davey
 Photo by Steve Davey.

I recently spoke to someone who was short-listed for the prestigious Wanderlust photographic competition of which I am a judge. Short-listed entries have to send in an original picture, and all pictures are printed to exhibition standard for the second judging. In haste, she inadvertently sent in a version of the shot that showed camera shake, and didn't progress in the competition. If she had edited strongly and thrown away the poorer shots this never would have happened.
Fishing in Zanzibar
 Photo by David Taylor: Fishing in Zanzibar.
David agrees that objectively reviewing photographs on returning home is a good habit to develop. He invariably edits photographs after a trip away and the photographs he is happy with are edited and keywords are added to the metadata, an important process that can save you time when searching for images in your database.
After a week or so I return to the ‘also rans’ and occasionally a photo that I had dismissed previously is better than I remember. That’s why I never delete anything!” added David.
Once you've finished editing you should end-up with a collection of strong photographs that represent the trip you've just had. If you have a sufficient number of photos, one option would be to create a photobook of your trip. There are many companies that offer this service and producing a photobook will give you a unique souvenir of your trip which will make an ideal gift for family or friends.
If you've started planning your next trip, try and remember David's few final photography tips: 
  • Be friendly and open with the person whose photo you’re creating.
  • Don’t be too upset by a refusal, it’s not personal! Just go and find someone else more willing.
  • Learn a few basic words in the language of the country you’re travelling to - saying please and thank you go a long way!
  • Doing some basic research into local customs before the trip pays dividends.
  • Don’t be afraid to get in as close as possible to the subject.
  • Enjoy what you do.
Boat infront of a glacier
Photo by Steve Davey: Compositionally, I placed the boat at the very edge of the frame, not on a third line. This means that the frame is filled with the glacier, but the boat is still there to give a sense of scale.

Steve Davey's most recent book and range of travel photography tours can be found on his website: Steve Davey.
For more information about David Taylor and his travel work visit his website: David Taylor.
Market in Barcelona
 Photo by David Taylor: Market in Barcelona.
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