How would you edit this photo?

a trio of musicians play at the Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro

The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro

My first thought when shooting this photo was for it to be a silhouette. But then I thought color and vibrancy was a good way to go so highlights were dropped and shadows boosted. A lot of photography and post-processing is subjective, so what would you have done with it?

Would you have opted for a silhouette? Would you have cropped out the violinist and focused on the two guitarists? Soft, sharp? Whatever choice you would have made, there is no hard right or wrong answer in my opinion. There are only guidelines and what looks good.

As for the trio you see here, they were a delightful sounding group at The Oregon Renaissance Festival of Hillsboro. Regardless if you’re into renaissance fairs or not (I had never been to one before), I highly recommend taking your camera to such an event. The people there lack photo inhibitions and the costumes are worth the time by itself.



    1. Once I looked at the photo in Lightroom I fell in love with vibrancy of the whole scene and decided the people here were most important and deserved to be seen. You’re also right, a silhouette of their profiles would have looked wonderful too.

      Thank you for commenting.


  1. I like the cropping you used. It is a much more interesting picture with the violinist than with just the two guitarists, in my opinion. The fact that the violinist is in profile also adds to the dynamics.


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