One of the most common mistakes I see on workshops is students making lots of local changes, but ignoring the global changes. When they ask me how I would approach their photo, I typically get it right where they want it with basic global changes and a few local changes.
I’m convinced that making global changes first will have a huge impact on how you print your photographs. I’ve emphasized this in my latest video EXAMPLES – The Making of a Photograph: Mono Lake Sunrise.
In this photograph, it’s the global changes that do 95% of the work, with local changes that refine the photograph. It still needs local changes…but they are easy to make when the heavy lifting has been done by the global changes.
You’ll need to view it in HD to see the numbers in the info palette. Also, the color change I make at the end is very subtle, and it didn’t carry through in the video format, but it’s there in the real file.
Use the blog comments section to ask questions about this video and further the dialog on how and why I made the adjustments I did.