"...Before digital photography became a reality, most people never knew about photo editing or editing photos...many people get the terms confused. Photo editing involves a visual search through an entire photo shoot for the best selection of photos for editing (post-production).
Here are some “rough” or first edit things to look for during the photo editing process:
- Is the photo properly exposed? If not, do not select. Look at your exposure settings in the EXIF information of the digital photo and learn what you did wrong in your camera exposure settings.
- If there is a person in the photo, are the eyes tack-sharp? If not, do not select. Always focus on the eyes, nothing else.
- Is the composition correct? If not, do not select and ask yourself, why not? Learn the elements of composition.
- Is the cropping correct? If not, do not select and ask yourself, why not? Learn the rules of cropping.
- Is the image filling the entire frame, the only exception is for a cover shot to allow room for the flag, or title of the publication. If not, do not select and learn to shoot tighter, fill the frame, in publication and great photography, we do not leave room for printing 8×10- or 5×7-inch prints, we shoot full-frame, cropping outside the camera is for farmers. Photo editors want full-frames and they use percentages for position, or column-inches.
- If there is a person in the photo, are the toes or fingers cut-off? If yes, do not select and ask yourself, why did you chop off fingers or toes?
Normally editing photos doesn’t start until after the photo editing process."
Article by Rolando Gomez