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.