Tip 2: Go easy on the effects and saturation, buddy
“Contrast is to the eye what salt is to the tongue,” says Josh Haftel, one of the developers of Adobe Lightroom. “We love how it makes everything stand out, but it’s easy to overdo it.”
The overuse of HDR -- or high dynamic range -- is one of the biggest culprits in screwing up fine photos. Some photographers have adopted a morass of editing tools for a distinct look, and that’s fine. But our experts advise against it.
“There’s a point at which it’s not a style thing,” says Chelsea Yamase, an Instagram adventure photographer whose pictures have gained her more than 400,000 followers. “People get really excited about adding more saturation and more contrast, but it can definitely be overdone.”
Take the photo above of a classic pink car in front of the Hotel Nacional. It has plenty of color, but has the sharpness and saturation cranked so high it comes out looking blown-out -- visually scorched, even. The second shot, taken from an underexposed iPhone picture, used Lightroom responsibly to create a colorful, but still natural-looking image.