Photo Editing - When Is It Too Much?

Photo editing is a powerful tool that allows us to enhance and transform our pictures, making them more visually appealing and impactful. When it comes to pageants, you want a beautiful picture and one that shows your authentic self. However, like any tool, there are certain dos and don’ts to keep in mind to ensure that your editing process is successful, and the final result looks professional and polished. 

It’s been a hot topic in the midst of Princess of Wales recently issuing an apology surrounding the Mother’s Day image that was pulled by multiple news agencies due to suspicions of manipulation.

katie middleton edited photo
© Prince William/Kensington Palace

Here are some key points to consider when it comes to photo editing, 


  • Use editing software wisely: Invest time in learning how to use editing software effectively. Whether you are using Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or another program, understanding the tools and techniques will help you achieve the desired results.
  • Adjust exposure and color balance: Correcting exposure and color balance can significantly improve the overall look of your photos. Make adjustments to ensure that the lighting is balanced and colors are true to life.
  • Crop and straighten: Cropping can help improve the composition of your photos by removing distracting elements and focusing on the main subject. Straightening the image can also make a big difference in the overall presentation.
  • Experiment with filters and effects: While it’s important not to go overboard, experimenting with filters and effects can add a creative touch to your photos. Just remember to use them sparingly and tastefully.
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  • Over-edit: Avoid over-editing your photos, as this can make them look unrealistic and artificial. Strive for a balance between enhancing the image and maintaining its natural look.
  • Ignore image quality: Pay attention to the resolution and quality of your photos, especially if you plan to print or display them online. Low-quality images can appear pixelated and blurry after editing.
  • Use too many presets: While presets can be a time-saving tool, relying too heavily on them can lead to generic-looking edits. Try to customize your edits to suit each individual photo.
  • Forget to save your original files: Always make a copy of your original files before starting the editing process. This way, you can always go back to the original if needed.

In conclusion, photo editing can be a fun and rewarding process when done correctly. By following these dos and don’ts, you can enhance your photos while maintaining their authenticity and visual appeal.

Katie Stien Queen Connection founder brick wall photo rodeo queen pageants judge coach

Katie Stien

Katie Stien is a wife, mom of two boys, meeting expert, pig show regular and cowboy boot aficionado. She is also a past title holder, pageant coordinator of more than 12 years, an agriculture advocate and enjoys helping youth be the best versions of themselves. Through Katie’s professional and personal career, she saw a need to connect those in the industry; hence how Queen Connection was born.

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