So, this is How Photographers Lie to Us
The title of this blog is a comment that made me smile on Instagram and yes, I’ve thought the same in the past and in fact, vowed never to entertain post-processing (the reference for editing your photos). It was my belief, like others, that a photograph should stand on its own merits. That was until a work colleague mentioned Adobe’s Lightroom and I gave it a go on a trail basis. Oh, what a difference!
Now I’m not in the employ of Adobe and I’m well aware of the cost unless you use the portable version which is free (in its limited version). Over the course of my year’s foray into in-depth (possibly it’s becoming an obsession!) photography, I’m tried and purchased many software packages with the intent and desire to boost the output from my camera, and by the way, the professionals do this all the time!
Now I dread to think how much love, attention and hours are devoted to a single image by those fortunate enough to earn a living from their efforts, the very people who might spend a week planning in advance to capture a single shot, at the right time, with the right light, etc. For us more mundane folks we want quick results especially, if like me, you are snappy-mad when out and about. Many packages now have a one-click solution that will attempt to boost the best features of your photograph and turn it into something special. One such (just released) piece of software is Luminar 2018 which retails at a modest (when compared to many others) £60 and is well taking for a trail spin. I will also mention that for all my many photo editing packages I still use, as a fundamental tool for managing my photographs is FastStone Image Viewer which is completely free (but does ask for voluntary contributions). This is a brilliant piece of software and offers very easy to use photo management plus basic editing (cropping, colour management, etc.) and some great frame masks (i.e. fancy borders) for adding some funky touches to your work.
Now enough technical mumbo-jumbo, let’s move onto an example of a before and after shot and building on my previous blog with regards to the use of a prop. toy boats as an easy way to make an otherwise boring shot gain some feature. In the photo to the left I have cheated by taking one photograph (taken at Tredegar House in Newport), copying it and transforming the latter into black and white. Then with the help of some software I have placed one image on top of the other (referred to as ‘layering’), then brushed out (i.e. deleted the black and white boat to reveal the coloured one underneath.
So, once again its back to you to give it a go. Happy snapping!