I re-edited some of my old photos, and this is what happened...
I've talked about this before in a post I did about the technical growth I have had with my work over the past year or two (click here to read that post). A LOT can change in that time. Writing that previous post comparing all techincal aspects of my old and new work (composition, general skill, editing etc), I decided I really wanted to try re-editing some of my old work.
I look back at some of those photos now and cringe at the editing. I wasn't very brave with it, not wanting to push myself and it probably stemmed from a lack of understanding when it came to knowing what everything did. I would still only call myself a solid intermediate level with Lightroom, there is so much to it and I'm learning more and more every day, but oh wow I'm a lot better than I used to be.
I also didn't really have a style and wasn't sure what I liked. I've learnt a lot by analysing other peoples work when I find something I loved, stalking others lightroom presets to see what they did to achieve the looks they got, and just generally playing around and tweaking things everytime I would do a new set of photos. Taking shots for the blog has really allowed me to do this on my own time too. I know this will probably develop even further over the next year, and hopefully settle down a bit eventually, but right now it is getting closer and closer to what I love every time I open Lightroom.
I just have a far better understanding of how everything works, what the different sliders do for photos, what you should and shouldn't push and I'm trying to be more creative with my work, and this understanding has allowed me to experiment and learn more about what I love.
And if you need proof of what I'm talking about, you're about to see it in all it's slightly embarrassing glory. Buckle up.
These are just a handful of Rushmare shots again since she is the one I have consistently done similar shoots for over the past 2 years, but I'm planning on doing a few more of these kinds of posts over the next year including some more commercial work and some couple shoots I have done.
I'd love to hear from you though! If you do creative work, how often do you go back and look at what you used to do? Does it just make you cringe so you ignore it or do you actually feel some sort of empowerment from it like I do?
If you haven't tried it, I recommend it. It has an amazing impact. Sometimes you can't see how much you have improved and developed over time, and it takes actually looking back at your old work to fully appreciate it. It might be the best thing you do all day.
Hope you have had or are having an inspired and productive work day!