Monday, January 7, 2013

Why NOT to Rely on 1 Step Photo Fixes for Your Digitized Film!

A lot of times, people don't want to spend a lot of time editing their photos, and I don't blame you!  It doesn't take as long if you only have to do a one step photo fix, and it takes approximately 5% brain power for you to select the photo fix and hit enter.  That's really about all it takes.  It seems nice, and with a term like "One Step Photo Fix" it sounds too good to be true.  Well, I hate to break it to you, but it is too good to be true.
Sometimes, One Step Photo Fixes work awesome, but it's usually not the last step you need to take in order to get your digital images to the level you want them to be.  Here is an example of an average photo that received the fix, but it just didn't do the photo justice.  It caused a greenish yellowish hue to cover the image, and it didn't get rid of the red eye.  More work needed to be done.

Now there are a couple of cases in which you should never ever use a one step photo fix because the results will just be so horrid, that it would take a lot of time, and a lot of small adjustments to get it to a pleasant looking result.  They include:
1- Professionally taken photos.  If you apply a one step photo fix to a professionally taken photograph, the contrast will most likely be sharpened above and beyond what it needs to be.  The colors will also go out of whack by creating portions that are over saturated, and areas that have lost their bold pigments.

2-Sunsets and under water photos.  Because of the rich coloring in these types of photos, a one step photo fix will often times throw the coloring off balance, creating a very unnatural and unappealing look.

Again, One Step Fixes can save time, however, it can also cause a lot of headache.  When in doubt- edit your digital images manually.

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