Intro to Photo Editing Pt 2

it’s no secret I don’t like working on the computer – I like to be out
working on the computer a lot to be out there with the camera taking pictures. But the up-side is I can sit here with a mug of
coffee in my hand and do whatever I want with my
pictures and make them look exactly the way I want. There are two sides to post production
as I see it. You’ve got processing which is the very basic tweaking of your original image to get the very best from it. For example, suppose you have been photographing
at a wedding, the bride’s out in the garden under an overcast sky, her dress
is going to be a big blue. If she goes in doors under Tungsten light it is going to go a bit yellow. If she goes and stands under a tree back
in the garden again – it will go a bit green. The Bride is not going to like her dress
changing color so you need to adjust white balances. I find thateasier to do in post production, also making sure you don’t
have bright one, then a dark one, or a dull one. you can just tweak these little things a bit to make sure you pictures of all nice
and consistent. The other thing is image manipulation. This means adding things or taking things
away. I’m not really into that. I’ve really only done it once – I’ll show you what it was. This is a shot I took for Bournemouth Airport. The brief was to get an eye catching image that says “Concorde lands here!” Airports are messy places with sheds and trucks flying around, so I went for the classic lying under the droopy snout shot and photographed upwards. You can see – it really is a little bit dull isn’t it. So I put it into the computer and ‘fiddled’ about. And came up with this. I added a girl to the steps I added the sun over the fusalage and some lens flare
the fuse a larger dot lens flare going going across the fusalargee and this ridiculous purple sky. Jayne hates this picture. I kinda liked it when I did it, and nonetheless it won awards from Fuji and the Master Photographers Association and others.
the situation and other places I was even sent to Cyprus because of that shot – but that’s a different story. So let’s look at some of the different
software that is available for you to work on your images. Let’s start at the beginning. You’ve got free software such as Gimp. You can download it for free and it will do pretty much anything you need it to do up to enthusiast level. I’ll just throw a picture in there quickly. Here is one I took on holiday. For example you can do the usual stuff. You can brighten up your pictures. You can change the contrast. I know I’m going a bit mad – but you can adjust things with it and it’s great up to enthusiast level, and because it is free – why not? If you’re into shooting RAW files it is a good idea to get yourself a
dedicated RAW file processor. Your camera probably comes with a piece of
software for converting RAWs and they are usually pretty good. But i have to say to my mind Adobe Lightroom is probably
one of the absolute best programs I’ve ever come across. A RAW file is a recipe for an image file. Go and watch our RAW file film if you’re not sure what I’m talking about. For an example RAW file – here is a picture of Lorna. If I want to correct that because you can see
she’s yellow – I can go in and pick up the ‘eye dropper’ and click it on something white and there you go, she’s changed color. I’ll reset it. Do you see how it’s changing color? In post-production I can change things around and then batch process them into Jpegs, using Adobe Lightroom as a RAW processor. I would have to say the absolute the ‘King of the mountain’ is Photoshop which I used to create my Concord picture in. You can do anything with it. It really is the
giant. It is the industry standard costing about £650 it is probably quite pricey. If that’s too much for your budget for
around £80 you can buy a limited addition version which is called
photoshop elements and that is a bit more advanced than Gimp and will take you up to enthusiastic level. And finally you’ve got specialist pieces of software. Such as Niksoft Silver Effects Pro. This
is their website. I don’t actually have the software but I have a few colleagues who
work with it. All it does is work on black and whites. You can take a really ordinary-looking
black-and-white image which you produced produced in Lightroom or Photoshop or just shotl as a
black-and-white in your camera. You can put it into Silver Effects Pro and you can start
to really work with it. You can duplicate uh… the look of different
films. Look on the screen, you see the standard brightening looks a little bit un-interesting but when we go to the the dynamic one it looks a fair bit more exciting. So these are just some of the different
softwares and hofully this explains what the whole
post-production thing is all about. It isn’t something new it has been going on
for ages. One of the great things about digital is it gives all the power to create
images looking precisely how you want them to look in your hands.

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