iPhoneography App Stacking in Italy Part 5: Lessons Learned

This is the last post in this series. After a few hours spent editing photos it’s always good to step back and focus on what you learned.  Here’s my list:

Correct Early: It’s good to do the perspective correction early on in the “Set the Base” phase because you do lose some of the image though not any of the pixels. No sense spending time editing what you will ultimately lose.

Group Experiments by Category: It could be useful to group experiments with drawing and painting apps together so you have a better idea of what you can blend with other versions.  Definitely not strictly necessary but could be helpful when making comparisons.

Watch the Image Size: You’ll notice I included the image size for each version. It’s super critical to keep track of what’s happening to your image size as you take it through different apps.  You can come up with a beauty but if it’s only 497k you’re going to have a hard time doing much more with it than share it on Instagram. I had to toss out the Spooky Pic (948k) versions for exactly this reason.  Fun to do, but limited usefulness.

Take Notes: It’s easy to forget the series of steps you took when a certain version or interpretation resonates with you. It is a good idea to jot down some notes as you play or take some screen shots because if you discover a recipe that you like and want to use over and over either for a signature look or for a series, you’ll know how to do it again.

Delete: Don’t bother to show the stuff that didn’t work out at all or do that in a blooper reel type blog entry. It’s too much effort otherwise.

How about you?  Did you take away anything from this editing series?  Have you learned anything recently in your own editing adventures that you’d like to share?

Here are links to the series in case you’re joining at the back end of it:

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