Photoshop Mulligan

Do you ever see old photos of yourself and cringe? “What was I doing wearing that jacket?” “why didn’t anyone tell me my hair looked like THAT!?” and so on…

Well, I don’t know about you but I get a similar feeling sometimes when I see some of my old landscape photos lol.

Luckily we get to have a do-over with our landscapes though!

I normally insist that if you have a consistent Photoshop workflow, then you can edit the same photo twice and get it to come out the same both times… Makes sense, right?

Turns out there’s a caveat to that statement.

And that is HOW LONG you go between processing that same shot twice.

Because with time and practice (hopefully!) comes improvement, refinement and evolving creativity.

So with that in mind… I’ve been re-editing some of my older shots (2-3 years and older) and I thought it would be a great topic for an action post.

Here’s the NEW version:

Coalcliff Pool

And here’s the original edit:

Coalcliff Pool

The main differences between the old and new version are:

  • More refined contrast and saturation adjustments in the new edit.
  • Better control of the light in the shot. Eg. in the original version I’ve tried to brighten up the foreground water more than it made sense to, causing it to appear brighter than the pool and sky. In the new version I’ve tried to draw attention away from the bottom edge of the shot by darkening it.
  • In the new version I’ve tried to maintain consistency between the colour in the sky with what’s happening in the pool. The original version has too much separation between the blues of the water and the warm colours in the sky.


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  • Tony Moore

    February 12, 2016 at 5:36 am

    I’m sure, well maybe I ,hope we all have improved over the last two or three years but will be interesting to see on old images.
    Do you think its partly down to software improvements as well ?

  • Steve Arnold

    March 13, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Hi Tony, I think in my case it’s just a matter of learning more over time and refining my editing. Photoshop hasn’t changed very much (at least not in areas that I use) in the past few years.

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