Creativity Exercise: One image, two ways

Sometimes we see an image and know immediately how it should be edited. Maybe you shoot with black and white in mind, knowing you have really awesome highlights and shadows. Or maybe you ensure your distractions are in shadows, knowing that you'll increase those shadows in post-production. Other times though, we aren't so certain and we're left staring at our image in Lightroom or Photoshop not even knowing where to start. This week's exercise is going to force us to push our editing and see how we can use post-processing to manipulate the feel of an image. 

Grab an image - old or new - and edit that same image 2 different ways. Your edits can be drastically different or can be subtle, but really think about why you're doing what you're doing and how it's changing the narrative and focus (figureatively, not literaly) within your image. 

Stratight out of camera. 

Stratight out of camera. 

Colour edit

Colour edit

Black and white edit.

Black and white edit.

The easiest way to do this is to do one version in colour and one in black and white, but I challenge you to try 2 different colour or 2 different black and white edits. 

Straight out of camera.

Straight out of camera.

Colour edit 1 (my standard preset)

Colour edit 1 (my standard preset)

Colour edit 2 (Mastin labs Fuji Pushed, tweaked).

Colour edit 2 (Mastin labs Fuji Pushed, tweaked).

Which do you like that best? Why? How does it change your mood? How do colour and tone change the image? What if you manipulate exposure? 

Straight out of camera. 

Straight out of camera. 

Original b/w edit

Original b/w edit

Second b/w edit. Increased shadows, contrast and grain. 

Second b/w edit. Increased shadows, contrast and grain. 

This is your chance to get out of the rut we can so easily get in with our editing. I know I like to use my standard presets and don't often try new things, but if we take a day every once in a while to explore new techniques it can even subtly impact our regular editing for the better. 

Straight out of camera. 

Straight out of camera. 

Original colour edit

Original colour edit

Added a sun flare overlay.

Added a sun flare overlay.

I'd love to see your edits! Tag us on social media using #unscriptedmentoring so that we can find you and oogle at your work! 

- Kelly