Before I get into this blog post, let me preface by saying that I’m not trying to bash any photographer who edits this way. You edit however you want, just as much as I edit however I want.
The current editing trend I’m referring to is the retro, film-looking edit with muted and de-saturated colors. It feels like everyone is doing this and if you don’t edit this way, then you’re missing out on jobs and bookings. Already I feel like I’m doing the wrong things in my photography and feel that it’s heading in the wrong direction, so not conforming to this editing style is just another thing I’m supposedly doing wrong.
Here are some comparisons of the bright and bold colors of my usual work versus editing in the latest “conventional” way. I’ve edited both natural light and strobe shots.
I guess it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Well, that’s true, but I’m sorry…I LOVE COLOR in my pictures. I love that my photography is bright, bold, and contemporary. I love that my editing stays true to color.
I’ve always been a non-conformist and have never followed the crowd. I rarely followed trends in practically every aspect of my life. This has affected me in my personal life, especially with friends (or lack-thereof) and family. The failure to conform to this style in order to book more clients will just be another example of how I run my life, and I’m okay with that!