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My National Geographic Page

I'm posting the link to my National Geographic page because bestwriter seems to think I always edit my photos, and, from the tone of the post about it, she thinks editing is a bad thing. Personally, I think it is a preference and there is nothing wrong with editing if you want to do so. I DO edit a lot of my photos, but not all. I will continue to do so whenever I want.

Anyway, here is my National Geographic Page .

NONE of the photos on that page are edited. NG doesn't want you editing the photos for most of the contest and stuff on their site so I just don't edit any I put there because I never know when I'll enter them in a contest. This is not an affiliate link or anything like that so it should be okay to post here.

I just wanted bestwriter to see that I don't HAVE to edit my photos. That I just choose to do so. I hope no one who does edit photos reads her post and feels bad about it. There is nothing wrong with editing. Photography is an art form, and like any other art form, it is totally subjective.

YOU are in control of your photography. Make it yours.

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OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:19 AM

Photographs, like written content, should be appropriate to it's intended use. In certain instances where credibility depends on the photo being unaltered, photos should not be edited. In other instances, it is entirely appropriate. If the photo is intended as a work of art, then editing is part of the art. In other instances, the photo as taken for technical reasons does not accurately portray how the subject actually appeared, and corrective editing is needed.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 1:32 AM

Exactly. That's why I don't edit the photos on the National Geographic page, because they don't want them edited. I don't see anything wrong with editing my own photos when I post them here or on Facebook though, and I don't think it means my photos weren't good to begin with, just that I wanted to tweak them.

bestwriter wrote on October 15, 2014, 2:48 AM

Happy to hear that. I will got there and see your unedited pictures. emoticon :cool: You are right. Nothing wrong in editing,. The edit option is there to use by whoever wants to. :)

bestwriter wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:29 AM

I said this in your post on editing. " Editing to get the exact colours in your case may be a good idea. I am with you on that."

MegL wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:30 AM

Those are beautiful photographs. I especially like the bee and your waterfall photos!

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:57 AM

Thanks. I love waterfalls. We usually plan our hikes around places with them.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:58 AM

Yes, I saw that. I was just wanting you to see that it's not that I have to edit the photos it's that I want to edit them. I like to make the colors more saturated or rich or whatever you want to call it because that's how I see them in real life, but the photos look good without the editing. It's a personal thing, and depends on what options I use on the camera, which I'm still learning.

nbaquero wrote on October 15, 2014, 11:56 AM

AngelSharum Very nice pictures. Thanks for sharing, as per editing is a common practice, and it is up to the author to do it or not, based on particular circumstances.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 12:07 PM

Thank you. That's my feelings exactly.

TerrieSchultz wrote on October 15, 2014, 3:08 PM

I edit most of my photos. Often the colors appear dull or washed-out in the photo, but increasing the contrast a bit usually does the trick. I don't usually increase the saturation because that tends to look fake. I occasionally remove things like telephone wires or other things that I feel detract from the scene. I also like to do more artsy stuff for fun. Your photos are your art and you have freedom to do whatever you choose with them.

BarbRad wrote on October 15, 2014, 5:48 PM

You have some very nice shots there. I don't think there's anything wrong with editing, though. I have a friend who is a professional photographer and she does some amazing editing to make her photos great works of art.

bestwriter wrote on October 15, 2014, 8:28 PM

Go ahead and have fun Angel. May be I too will try and do that and have fun the way you do. emoticon :cool:

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:37 PM

Yeah, I usually don't mess with contrast myself, but some of the edits seem to do it. I do contrast sometimes and shadows and the like. Most of the time I don't do much to the photos at all.

AngelSharum wrote on October 15, 2014, 10:37 PM

Yeah, I used to think "real" photographers were just a lot better at taking photos and then I learned that they edit them. :)

LoudMan wrote on October 16, 2014, 3:50 PM

See? I keep trying to tell you're not all . Really nice , too. I you with your .

AngelSharum wrote on October 17, 2014, 11:35 AM

My photos are definitely better looking than I am. :)

Donna_Thacker wrote on October 17, 2014, 12:14 PM

I edit a lot of my photos too. It is no different than editing an article. You already have the talent to write or photograph just might need (or you want) a little tweaking. Nothing wrong with that.

BarbRad wrote on October 17, 2014, 12:42 PM

She can charge hundreds of dollars for some of those framed edited photos.

AngelSharum wrote on October 17, 2014, 1:20 PM

Yep, that's how I see it as well.

TheTalker wrote on October 20, 2014, 12:46 AM

I am not familiar with this. I will have to check it out and view your pictures. I'm sure they are nice.