March is Photo Makeover Month — Welcome Back Matt Kloskowski!

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Hi everyone! Glad to be back here at ON1 Plus. This month we’re going to do something a little different. It’s going to be a full month of Photo Makeovers. This video describes it in more detail about what I’m looking for and what to expect, as well as what types of photos to upload.


  1. Upload ONE (preferably) raw photo.
  2. Watch the video before you submit a photo.
Here’s the link to send them to. Please send by Friday March 9th at 11pm Eastern Time.
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Editor’s note: Updated: 03/07/2018

My Take on DNG:
In my intro video above where I gave people the upload instructions for this month’s photo makeover photos, I mentioned something about not caring for DNG. I actually have zero documented proof behind my feelings about it, but I just don’t do it. I wrote a quick Q&A on it over on my website if you want to read more, but the main point is this.
Converting to DNG will have zero affect on how good your photo is. It’s a workflow thing and if you do it, it won’t hurt anything. And if you don’t do it, it won’t hurt anything. It’s just a personal preference and has no impact on the most important thing about all this computer/editing stuff… how your photo looks.
Anyway, here’s a link to the article on my website if you want a little more info. But just remember, you won’t find any stats, graphs or any evidence there other than my personal opinions on why I don’t convert :-)

41 comments on “March is Photo Makeover Month — Welcome Back Matt Kloskowski!”

  1. On March 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm Carmen K wrote:

    Hi Matt – I’m so glad you’re back. I’m looking forward to the makeovers. I’m going to submit an image and hopefully I will be lucky to have you process it. Even if I’m not lucky, it will be a great learning experience viewing and hearing your thoughts on how you approach and edit each image. This months is going to be fun!

    1. On March 6, 2018 at 2:04 pm Nathan Keudell replied:

      Hey Mark,

      There will still be a traditional round of critiques this month given by Hudson and Liz. This Photo makeover Matt is doing is about taking un-editing photos (good photos), and then he will edit them, think “Your Photo Our Look” but better ;-). Matt’s Photo Makeover project is entirely separate from the regular monthly critiques.

      1. On March 8, 2018 at 4:44 am Mark Sweeney replied:

        I am finding it difficult to keep up with the photo critiques as there hasn’t been an notification about them in a few months. I have been going all over the site to find the submission page. Twice I submitted pics in what I thought was the correct place and twice my pics missed the submission. So, why are we having to search so hard to find out how to submit. Apparently others are finding the right place to submit but it looks like there are fewer photos out there, to me.
        Can the submission link be posted each month in the “notifications” page? Also, how do I get to the right spot for the March submission? These critiques are important to me as I always learn several things each month about how to improve my photography.

  2. On March 6, 2018 at 5:55 am GerryP wrote:

    Welcome back!

    “Makeover” seems like a good idea. Two questions:
    1 – Isn’t important for you to know why the photo was taken, and what the photographer was trying to achieve?

    2 – Make any sense to (publicly) compare the photographer’s edit with your “makeover”?

    Looking forward to the exercise.

    1. On March 6, 2018 at 6:36 am Matt K replied:

      Hi Gerry –
      1. I don’t think so. Photography, as you know, is a visual medium. People look first and rarely read the paragraph that goes with the photo online. And in print, we don’t get to tell a story. Hearing what the photographer “wanted to achieve” shouldn’t change what we feel about the photo. The photo IS the story. Years ago I used to get critiques from a few photographers and one of them gave me some great advice when I asked him how the critique should go, and what I should explain to him. He said:
      1) Show me your photo. Then…
      2) I will give you feedback, after which only two things should come from your mouth…. Thank you… Or…. Can you please explain that further?

      2) As for your second point. Great idea. That could definitely be useful at times. It would significantly cut down the number of photos I would get to this month, but maybe I can try something like that in the future.

      – Matt

  3. On March 6, 2018 at 8:39 am Heike wrote:

    Looking over a professionals shoulder – this is why I love YPOL so much! Welcome back, Matt.
    I’m looking forward to the makeovers, your edits are always very inspiring.

  4. On March 6, 2018 at 9:11 am Patrick McCabe wrote:

    Welcome back, Matt.
    I try to watch every critique video each month. I attempt to critique along with the instructor. Sometimes I am right in sync with them, other times I strike out, but I think it is helpful to look at each photo; make a judgement and then listen to the “pros” critique.
    Seeing you work on different photos this month should be very instructive.
    Thanks again,

  5. On March 6, 2018 at 10:15 am Volker Gottwald wrote:

    Just uploaded one of my very much liked photo that I couldn’t develop as I liked it. I hope it fits the theme here.

  6. On March 6, 2018 at 12:31 pm Jill wrote:

    I can see where the photographer could add a sentence or two for your info about what bothers them about the photo or what they would like to see “corrected” if possible. Not every photo is one taken with time to set up or any planning. I have (tons of) photos I took with no prep, quickly before the animal left the yard–favorite photos, but need they need help. Oh, and shot through window panes and sometimes screens, too. Oh, and JPEGS. And using decidedly non-fancy cameras. Interested in that sort of challenge? :-)

  7. On March 6, 2018 at 7:29 pm Pierre Wolfshagen wrote:

    Hey Matt, good to see you’re back.
    You mentioned that you prefer RAW, no .dng if possible. Is there an issue with dng files we should know about? I thought they are more or less the same excepted that with dng you don’t need the sidecar.

  8. On March 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm bpoulter77 wrote:

    Hi Matt. I’m completely new to One1 (< 1 week) and very excited about the huge resource I've tapped into. So looking forward to your makeovers. You've got mine :-)

  9. On March 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm pam connell wrote:

    Thanks Matt, this is a wonderful idea and just what i need. Even if my photo isn’t chosen for editing I’ll be very interested to watch the whole process on others photos..
    Looking forward to this month very much!
    pam connell

  10. On March 6, 2018 at 9:59 pm Jay Robertson wrote:

    Welcome Back Matt.
    I have just submitted a Photo for your critique.
    It is a photo of the start of the Sydney Hobart 2016. The photo shows that the yacht CQS almost capsized when tacking. There were problems with the Canting Keel. Every year I always photograph the Race Start. This is an unusual photo; everything happened so quickly. I hope that you will select my photo for your March Makeover.

    1. On March 7, 2018 at 10:22 am Matt K replied:

      Hi Jay. I probably won’t be editing that one and here’s my thought behind why. It’s actually a great example. That photo is more journalistic than anything. It’s the “event” that makes it interesting, not necessarily the photo.
      In those cases, I don’t recommend much editing because, journalistically, it’s not about that (and usually not allowed). It’s not a photo you’re going to hang in your house. It’s not a shot you’re going to put in a photo gallery to show your best work. It’s about documenting something and from an artful/editing perspective there’s really not much to change (other than cropping closer). Hope that makes sense :-)

      1. On March 7, 2018 at 11:25 am Jay Robertson replied:

        Thank you for your Comments.
        It all comes down to seconds; I would have the perfect shot and I definitely would have had it framed. There was a photo published giving a clear shot, it was not heeling over as much. I guess the photo would have been better if the other yacht had been Cloned out.

      2. On March 7, 2018 at 11:41 am Matt K replied:

        Hey Jay. I guess what I was trying to get at was that even if it were the “perfect” shot a few seconds apart, it’s still not a photo we’d edit much. It may have been perfect for the newspaper or an online news site about the event. But we wouldn’t have edited it much.
        My main point was that you pick your editing battles. Not every photo get’s the same level of attention, love, and thought. Editorial photos would get a quick shadow, highlight, contrast adjustment and maybe some cropping.
        Photos that we consider to be creative and more artful (things we put up in our homes and in galleries) tend to get a different editing process and thought process as we try to bring out something in the photo.
        A photo like this is documenting history and all it needs to do is be a clear photo of what it’s documenting – not necessarily anything more.
        Hope that all makes sense :-)

  11. On March 6, 2018 at 10:14 pm salsaguy wrote:

    Good to have you back Matt. Miss you. Glad to hear about this series. Should be interesting, informative (and fun) as always with your vids. Keep up the good work.

  12. On March 6, 2018 at 11:32 pm Malcolm Thornton wrote:

    Welcome back Matt. Very much looking forward to this months Plus activities. If you get a moment can you fire me off a note on why you are not a fan of DNG files. Tom Hogarty sold me on DNG files years ago, and its the first thing i do is import and convert to DNG. I’m curious why you are not a fan. A good learning moment for me here. Thx Matt.

      1. On March 8, 2018 at 1:13 am Malcolm Thornton replied:

        Thanks for taking the time to answer the DNG question Matt. I Read you post and greatly appreciate it.

  13. On March 6, 2018 at 11:54 pm Cheryl Connor wrote:

    I am only getting a small fraction of the video when I click onto the video tab.What can I do to correct for this?

  14. On March 7, 2018 at 2:09 am Jose Carlos Fernandez wrote:

    Hi Matt.
    Uploaded an image taken yesterday of a part of Burgos’s Catheral (Spain). I hope you like it for a makeover and if not, i will enjoy the learning experience anyway.

  15. On March 7, 2018 at 3:16 am David Price wrote:

    Hi Matt
    Just uploaded a photo for you. I have a similar photo on the Gallery. But, I wiil be very interested to see if you take it in a different direction.
    Best wishes, David Price.

  16. On March 7, 2018 at 6:02 am Peter Ramsay wrote:

    Hi Matt
    Just uploaded a photo Not sure what you can do with it hope you can
    Regards Peter

  17. On March 7, 2018 at 8:47 am Patricia Duggan wrote:

    Greeting Matt,
    Gald to see you back here at the On1 Plus community. Just uploaded a photo I made a couple of years ago that I hope meets your criteria for the makeover. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the rest of the month.

    Cheer, P.

  18. On March 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm Rick Mangun wrote:

    …with so many photos to choose from (of mine)…it would help for some guidance in how YOU choose a photo. Give 3 points that you might use in your selection. Many times I take hundreds of photos in one shoot…I know that 90% are not a choice, but of the remaining? I focus on tone, composition, texture and story (I know more than 3). Each of those require more personal detail to understand my perception of them. I am interested in yours. Here is a larger scope of my work…

  19. On March 7, 2018 at 5:58 pm Richard wrote:

    Hey Matt,

    Really looking forward to see what you do with the photos using ON1. I submitted a shot of Half Dome taken in Yosemite in 2009. I recently processed it using only ON1 Raw 2018 (normally I process my photos in LR and then use ON1 or some other plug-in to make specialized edits not easily done in LR). I want to start using ON1 from beginning to end and this was the first photo I have done that with. Hopefully, you will select this photo.


  20. On March 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm Marcia Fasy wrote:

    Welcome back Matt. I always look forward to your months here at On1. I sent an image of a lily taken at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. I would love to see what you would do with it.

  21. On March 7, 2018 at 7:01 pm Kenny Wright wrote:

    Welcome back Matt….lets get going!
    Your friend from Clearwater. Kenny

  22. On March 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm Arthur Troy wrote:

    Welcome back Matt, really looking forward to this month. I uploaded a picture that you had already giving a critique on. Your comments were you loved the photo but I should open up the shadows to reveal the detail in it. I have reedited it and would love to see how much you would have opened up the shadows. If you do not use it I will understand as I will still be getting a lot of helpful hints this month.

  23. On March 8, 2018 at 7:13 am Warren Katchmar wrote:

    Hi Matt,

    Wonderful to have you back. I am looking forward to watching your work :-) Do you let those that you have chosen that they have been chosen? :-)

    Again many thanks for doing this.

  24. On March 9, 2018 at 7:12 am Michael Molloy wrote:

    Matt, second’s and third’s on all the comments on your return. I send a photo a couple of days ago that was taken of my friends wedding. Looking forward to comparing it to my edit that is posted in the members gallery! Great idea, thank you for all of your help.

  25. On March 9, 2018 at 2:26 pm Julie Boyle wrote:

    Hi Matt,
    I am interested in seeing how you interpret our images especially not knowing anything about the image, author or why it was taken. I don’t believe each image has to tell an obvious story. It is more interesting to get the views spin on it. Looking forward to your critiques.

  26. On March 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm Paul Chamberlain wrote:

    Hi Matt, submitted an exterior-interior architectural photo,
    I worked it over in Photoshop and have a J-Peg to send-up
    for comparison. reference file #_DSC0071.ARW
    shot with a SONY A7RII & Cannon 16-36mm lens,
    wanna look?

  27. On March 9, 2018 at 4:51 pm Ray Daws wrote:

    OK – simple question. The RAW files from my Nikon D800 are 45Mbs average. Can’t send this via email as my supplier won’t take anything over about 12M.
    Any ideas for an old guy?
    Ray D

  28. On March 10, 2018 at 11:29 am phil hawkinson wrote:

    Hi Mat I did upload a photo for the first time. It was of a over 100+ yr old lady ex cannibal converted to christianity in the late 50s . It has some exposure issues but competed well at the local club after my post processing . I still feel that I have not done the photo justice . I am guessing you will not select it for feedback on On1 because of her attire but would sincerely like your input as to how I can or could have improved it with On1.

  29. On March 11, 2018 at 1:12 pm Nicolaas Strik wrote:

    I’ve always enjoyed Matt’s tutorials over the years. Glad to see him back this month.

  30. On March 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm Linda wrote:

    Hi Matt I always look forward to your lessions and videos. One question, is there anyway to add closed caption. I’m hard of hearing and computer sound can be hard for me to understand even with my hearing aides. TV is worse.

    Thanks for your anticipated consideration.

  31. On March 16, 2018 at 2:55 pm Bob Essner wrote:

    Matt – I missed the first round to upload a RAW file for you to rework – will there be another chance to upload. I’d like to upload 1920’s Glam Portrait.

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