Evolution of a photo

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Enchanted Park Palm-Edit

I wanted to post these photographs to show how a photo can progress from something not impressive to almost impressive. First I truly believe as a photographer you should do everything possible in camera to get the best photograph possible. Sometimes however mother nature just doesn’t want to cooperate, such as the case with this photograph. As I mentioned yesterday I was in the Texas Hill country back in November. It was midday, with a bright but overcast sky. Now why wasn’t I there at first light? I was on a romantic get away with my girlfriend so I’m happy to put photography on the backseat.

Back to the photographs, the first photograph shows how the image was originally shot, not the very best. I could have done better but for whatever reason I didn’t. Yet the compostion is good, I have the rule of third, sky up high, a foreground element and clarity. Yet it’s still boring.

Even though I teach technology applications in middle school, even some basic Photoshop, I find Photoshop to be overly complicated. I can muddle my way through, but for me there are easier options. One is OnOne Perfect Photo, it’s designed by and for photographers, and no this isn’t a paid endorsement (I wish it was).Using Perfect Photo it is much easier to change backgrounds with just a few clicks. The program comes loaded with several different sky backgrounds, you can add your own, so I chose one I liked, hit about 3 buttons and was done. I adjusted the levels slightly to bring out the reds and pinks in the rocks, which are granite by the way, and came up with the second photograph.

Not leaving well enough alone, I decided to try it in black and white. I downloaded the trial version of Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 for Lightroom, to try out, and a few minutes later I came up with the third photograph. I now have two usable images where I once had a discard. Post processing is an important skill I think photographers need to learn, just like learning the film darkroom of years past. Processing can’t make a bad image great but it can make a image with good basics a lot better.

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