Photography has become an instant gratification sport. Most amatuer photgraphers will take an image, do some minor editing, and then publish it. All, in more or less, real time. This isn't a bad approach, in many time sensitive fields of photography, this is the only way business is done. I have done this in the past but seemingly always went back to re-edit the image. This means the image posted on social media, or a portfolio website, has to be changed. I soon figured out I was just creating more work for myself. Now I implement the practice of Edit...Pause...Publish.

This means making a photograph and editing the image, then let it sit for a week. Visit the photograph on a daily basis to see if there is anything that needs to be changed or re-worked. This way the paying customer receives the best image possible, and by waiting to publish the image, it saves time in the long run. Instantly publishing an image may not be showing or sharing your best work. Of course with all things there are exceptions, but I am finding they are becoming more and more rare.

Give it a try and see if it works for you as well as it has worked for me!

Pierce Stocking Dr. in The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a great location to capture a sunrise. This image was made, edited, then sat for several days before I decided to share. I revisited the image a couple times to make some changes, until I was completely happy with final photograph.