One of my favorite blogs to read, Young House Love, had a post up about doing Phase One changes on their new house. Someone wondered wasn't it a waste of time and money to do little remodeling changes when they could just be saving up for the big redo.
I think about things like this a lot - not just in reference to my house, but also my work. When I post Works In Progress, it might take a long while before you get to see the end product. They're like my Phase One projects. I like them, I can live with them and sometimes they don't need a lot of changes after that. But I don't know that when I set out to create it. For some photos it takes me a bit of just living with it and seeing what changes I'd like to make to bump it up.
Think of Works in Progress as a Phase One for my photos. The changes I make at the outset in Lightroom help build a foundation on which I can make more interesting texture, light, saturation or hue changes. I use Lightroom to open my photos, so nearly all of my beginning changes take place in there. Sometimes I do make other adjustments in Photoshop, but it's usually all Lightroom.
Times is a great way to see if the changes you make hold up. I don't like to open my photos right away after taking them, but give them a day or two. When I open them, I have some distance from taking them, and can enjoy them again. I edit as many as I can in a day with Phase One edits, and take a few into Photoshop for further adjustments. But some I just wait on and see what inspiration time can being to the next step.
Here's a new finished fall photo that I took about two weeks ago. The colors are brilliant - just what I love about fall.