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Do Photographers Want to Edit Photos?

Ah, editing photos. The bane of every photographer’s existence. It’s the tedious task that every photographer dreads, but knows they have to do if they want their beautiful shots to see the light of day. But let’s be real here, folks. When it comes to editing photos, photographers will do just about anything to procrastinate.

First up on the list: social media scrolling! This is a classic move that we’re all guilty of. Just a quick scroll through Instagram to see what other photographers are up to…and before you know it, three hours have gone by and you’re knee-deep in a rabbit hole of cat videos and influencer drama.

How about watching two hours of YouTube videos about photo editing instead of doing the actual photo editing?

Next up on the list of classic procrastination techniques: cleaning the house. Suddenly, the dishes need to be washed, the floors need to be swept, and that random pile of laundry in the corner is screaming to be folded. Anything to avoid sitting down and actually opening up Lightroom.

editing photos after a shoot
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Of course, there’s always the option of taking a break to work on some other project. Maybe it’s finally time to organize your desk, or maybe you need to clean out your camera bag. Anything to avoid the daunting task of editing.

And then there’s the ultimate procrastination technique: convincing yourself that you need to go out and take more photos. Sure, you’ve got thousands of shots sitting on your hard drive waiting to be edited, but what’s a few more shots, right? You tell yourself that it’s important to keep your skills sharp, but really, you just don’t want to sit down and stare at a computer screen for hours on end.

But hey, at least all of this procrastination makes for some hilarious stories. Like the time you organized your entire bookshelf instead of editing photos, or the time you deep cleaned your entire bathroom just to avoid opening up Photoshop. When it comes to procrastinating, photographers truly are masters of the craft.

Editing photos may be the most important part of a photographer’s job, but it’s also the one task that we will do just about anything to avoid. From cleaning the house to scrolling through social media, anything is fair game when it comes to procrastinating. But hey, at least the procrastination stories make for some good laughs.

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With more than a quarter century as a professional photographer, The Nerdy Photographer's goal is to spread knowledge and laughter throughout the photo industry. Please follow along on social media and subscribe to the podcast.

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