Reviewing Your Own Images

I am in Japan leading a workshop and one of my clients asked me if I had a single bit of advice for the group before they headed to bed. My response was–yes, review your images. It seems like an obvious thing but you would be surprised at how many people just don’t do it…

One of the most important things that you can do to improve your photography is to review your images carefully after each photo shoot. If you spend the time at the computer looking for ways to improve each of your images you will be less likely to make the same mistakes again in the field. This is especially useful when you are going to shoot at the same location the next day. Also, it is just as important to study your compositions.

I always look at my exif data when viewing my images; it helps me keep an eye on what I am doing right or wrong. In Lightroom go to View> Loupe Info> and “check” both- Show Info Overlay and Info 2, this way the exif data appears in the left hand corner of each image and can be seen easily.

*Snow Monkey, Japan ~ This is a totally different look than usual from the monkey park. I loved his expression. Click on the image to see a larger, sharper view. We had a bit of snow on our first day with the monkeys. Tomorrow they are calling for more snow-fingers crossed!

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13 Responses

  1. Good advice, Denise. Love this Snow monkey biting on a branch – it provides movement. Hope you get lots of great photo opportunities!

    Thanks so much Keith for viewing!

  2. Marc Lombardi says:

    Beautiful image! I hope you get snow too! We just returned yesterday … such a great place for wildlife photography. Hope you have a great trip! Now for reviewing those images … all 22,000!

    Hi Marc,
    I’m looking forward to seeing your images from Japan!

  3. Jim Fennessy says:

    Cool image! I love the snowflakes in the hair and the way the image captures the mood and behavior of the snow monkey. The image draws me in. It makes me wonder what the monkey is thinking and feeling. Is the stick in its mouth a reflection of nervousness or insecurity? Now I want to know more about this beautiful animal and what it is feeling and thinking.

    Thanks Jim, I appreciate your kind words.

  4. Liz Lauer says:

    Wow! Love that image with the intense eye contact and the fingers curled over the stick. Good advice. I try to do that if I’m not too tired.

    Thanks Liz, it is a good habit 🙂

  5. Ron May says:

    Great image with the eyes. Just a note on the “Info” – you can cycle through all the “info” using the “I” key and one of the “cycles” includes turning the info off if you need that setting for some reason. Looking forward to more of your Japan pics.

    Yes, I know about the keyboard shortcut but I wanted to show the way to get to it in the program, thanks and it is a good idea for folks to learn that too.

  6. Nedra says:

    Thanks for this tip. I neglect checking my photos. I will have to follow your advice. I love this photo. Very nice, and sharp.

    Thanks Nedra, it is a good idea to do that.

  7. Sue Harvey Eberhart says:

    Excellent advice. And this image, what a story he/she could tell. Happy shooting tomorrow.

    Thanks Sue, much appreciated!

  8. James Saxon says:

    This is a great image and totally different from any I have taken there. I am guilty of not reviewing my images until I get home from a photo trip. I don’t like having to travel with a computer unless necessary. I do review on the back of the camera and the EXIF data and blinkies as well the color channels for clipping.

    Thanks James, yes, it is hard when you don’t travel with a laptop-I never leave home without mine.

  9. Nancy Bell says:

    Perfect advice. But so hard to do when one is tired after a full and exciting day!

    Yes, but equally as important 🙂
    thanks, denise

  10. Jerry says:

    I have reviewed a number of recent photo shoots. My first response to the shoots before review was “Mediocre experience.”
    After looking at some of the images, I am happy, thrilled and inspired! Wow! I have some great shots. We get jaded because we focus on the past few greats. “Back in my day…” , “Did I tell you about the time…” Enjoy the present, review the recent, treasure the past!

    Great advice Jerry!

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