IF THERE’S ONE thing I’ve learned about my own post-processing and that of many others, it’s that the simpler approach is usually the better approach. Post-processing portraits can seem like this large, intimidatingly complex activity (and it can be, sometimes), but many great portrait photographers enjoy shooting much more than they do spending time in front of a computer. Therefore, they work to keep their post-shoot computer work to a minimum.

It is relatively easy to keep foundational post-processing simple. This type of post-processing usually involves correcting exposure, adding or taking away contrast, taming highlights, ...

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