The Art of Processing Photographs

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Let’s dispense with the idea that great nature photography can be done entirely in-camera. With few exceptions work is needed if only to sharpen the photograph. Leaving aside techniques like HDR, compositing, and retro styling, even a photograph of something plain usually requires some touch-ups. Cropping is an obvious place where the personal touch is added. White balance also provides an opportunity to impose one’s imprint on a photograph. A third area, one frequently forgotten and perhaps the most important, is contrast. My point is that once you realize the potential, even within the limited areas mentioned above, one has the opportunity to take a good photograph and make it a great photograph. I wish everything came out of the camera perfectly and that cameras took photos in a format suitable for framing. I wish they adjusted  for white balance, colorcasts and contrast. Great photographs are made in camera and nurtured in post-processing.

9 responses

  1. A fellow that I’ve seen at B&H, Moose, recons it has to be captured correctly in camera and no post processing. I don’t agree with him at all. He doesn’t like my work — too bad.

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    August 3, 2016 at 7:42 am

  2. I couldn’t agree more, Victor.

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    August 3, 2016 at 11:52 am

  3. Hear, hear!

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    August 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

  4. I love your last statement about nurturing the photo. That’s what editing is about along with putting your creative view on the capture


    August 4, 2016 at 7:14 am

  5. Agreed! And sometimes even a lack of contrast is appealing. I do think the crop is most important.

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    August 4, 2016 at 3:28 pm

  6. “Great photographs are made in camera and nurtured in post-processing.” Excellently put. I once met a man who refused to post-process, instead spending many long minutes setting up every shot — and, of course, sometimes missing said shot!

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    August 4, 2016 at 11:34 pm

  7. Nice photo, and beautifully explained. You have to be very very lucky to get everything right first time., no matter how good your equipment is or how good you are a photographer.


    August 6, 2016 at 9:43 am

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