That was a beautiful evening at the nature. Light was glorious. Back-light greenery were shining in the deep shadows. And the photographs came out … dull and flat
Apply or don’t apply an art effects to a photograph?!
I think this question arise all the time. And as always the answer is – It is a matter of a personal choice!
I personally have a set of rules when I do apply it and when don’t
Here is an example of the art processing applied to a photograph. It is obvious that the photograph doesn’t have documentary value, so I bravely applied “finishing”.
On my taste the actual photograph, after the basic color corrections, cleaning and etc. ,still was a bit dull and flat. The light was not communicating the glory of that evening. Greenery wasn’t shining and the light on the actual subject and surrounding became even.
The goal of the art post-processing was to increase glow in the greenery, but in a way that it wouldn’t be destructive, focus viewer on the main subject and may be to add a bit of drama.
Please, be a judge!
I will be glad to here from you which version do you prefer what do your thoughts are on the topic. Please, comment bellow!
On my Lanzarote photo tour I was experimenting with a fisheye lens. I like to carry it with me around and time to time take it out. That time contrast between white clean wall of a small church and deep blue sky, captured my attention. Unusual architecture of the church and palm trees around were calling for something special, also unusual.
I took out the fish-eye lens and start composing the photograph. Square around the church is quite tight. A lot of palm trees, bushes, a road and a car parking make composition challenging. I laid down on the ground and pointed camera straight up. I found out that sun is behind of a palm tree, so I can include a sun burst into the capture.
Unfortunately, still a lot of distracting elements made their way into the frame. I personally doesn’t have anything against slight photo manipulation which helps to make picture clear.
For them of you who is interested in the post processing of the photograph here are before and after photographs.
Light room is a powerful photo correction tool, but it still can’t replace power of Photoshop for photo editing.
Here is an example of a photograph edited with Lightroom only and then processed in the Photoshop. I will use a photograph from the City of Lights, beautiful Paris. You can noticed that color cast was totally eliminated contrast improved. As a result the colors pops up on the final photograph.
Check before and after.
I also like to check tonal contrast of a photograph. To do so we need to eliminate color clutter, by converting photograph to Black and White. There multiple ways to do that in Photoshop or you can do that in Lightroom.
I am inviting all of you to join me at the “Art Thessaloniki International art fair”. My photograph was selected for the exhibition:
Congratulations for your achievement at the “Centered” exhibition!
You can find GuruShots’ invitation on Facebook page..
The exhibition will be a part of “Art Thessaloniki International art fair” taking place at the Helexpo exhibition & congress center
If you’re around, it will be great if you arrive on Thursday the 23rd at 20:00 for a GuruShot meet-up and get to know some of the names behind the lenses… ”
Do you think you can always relay on the auto-focus?
The modern world brings a lot of hands on features to our life. One of the is auto-focusing, when camera processor is selecting for you sharpest area on a selected zone. But even in the modern “auto” world for specific type of shots it is important to be able to use manual focus. It is simply because even modern auto-focus is not fast enough for the action. If you don’t believe – ask bird photographers. No, don’t ask these who shoots stills or uses feeders to prepare a setup for the shot. Ask the wildlife photographer, who catches amazing shots of landing or taking-off. The subject is approaching you quickly and in this situation auto-focus will not help. Even more worse, If you have multiple subjects approaching you – auto-focus might get confused and will start wobbling around. Pre-focusing technique is your friend in such situations.
The following story in photographs captured with manual lens: Canon FD 80-200mm F4.0 L on Sony a7 body. It is an amazing old school lens, light, compact with fixed f4 aperture along the range.
Post: Novel through photography.
Technique in couple words.
Select a point ahead of the subject (on expected subject way) movement. Focus at the point and wait till the subject entering the the focus area. Continues shooting mode also helps here. I usually use a series of 7 frames in the range of a sharp focus.
You can use the same technique with auto-focus lens. Pre-focusing will make your auto-focus works even faster. It might be useful to configure back button focusing to use pre-focusing with auto-focus lens .