Tip: Photographers…Don’t just “Keep the Keepers”

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 26, 2013

Category: General

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you plus I guess you could call it a bit of advice or a tip.

Ok here goes…

This is a new picture that I worked on just a few days before our Photoshop Freak Show seminar this past weekend and that I’ve called BATTERED [Link]

The original photograph for this picture is one of Dave that I took around the middle of last year at one of my workshops but never got around to working on. This was the same workshop where I photographed Stuart Warren for my RUNNING LATE picture [Link].

Ok so that’s the new picture but what about this advice/tip?
Well you see the reason I didn’t work on this picture originally was because I’d kind of decided at the time that the out of camera shot was a throw away…not a keeper.

In fact looking back at the pictures that were taken this one was actually a test shot from when the lights and background were being set up so was never meant to be used.

Anyway, long story short I was recently prompted to look through some old image files, of which this was one, and decided to give it a go and see what could be done…scrapping the original idea I’d had months before about putting in a new background scene and going for something completely different instead.

When I first started out I was always told not to rush through editing in desperation to share new pictures online as quickly as possible.Taking your time will not only improve the retouching you do but will also help you to come up with new ideas and directions to take a picture…as was the case for me here.

So I guess the advice or tip here would be not to hastily delete image files but to keep hold of them for a while longer. You never know what you might think of doing when you re-visit them some time later because of looking at them with fresh eyes and/or your skill level has improved…does that make sense?

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


•You can check out a larger, higher quality of BATTERED over on my 500px portfolio page here [Link]

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  1. Kevin Sharpe

    This is a great image of Dave, I love what you have done with it, sometimes I struggle to know what to use as a backdrop and this coloured smoked effect works really well and something I will think of using in the future, great work as always glyn!
    Kind regards

    • Glyn

      Thanks Kevin 🙂

  2. Tim

    Aye can’t agree more, I only delete images once they have been worked on and then have to remember to keep the raw images of the edit also, as I’ve deleted those countless times and can then never go back and re edit a picture. Some of my landscape pictures have sat for a year before I get round to them or the mood strikes. I normally always take bracketed shots, as Jay Masel says you never know what you might want later and I firmly believe that.

    • Glyn

      Sure thing Tim

  3. Paul Ciura

    I totally agree Glyn. I usually just delete the blinkers right away and try to “sit” on the rest of the RAW’s. Sometimes you learn a new technique that you can apply to the one photo you thought was a recycle bin item.

    • Glyn

      With you there Paul

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