Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Before and After...basic edit

Sometimes we hope for the perfect sunset or the perfect location....and sometimes we need to work with what we get.

When I began shooting I was a film shooter and so photoshop was really something only few photographers used and was accually popular for restoring old photographs.
Now I think many photographers have many images running through photoshop in their edit process. And why not??? Just check out the basic tweak of a simple image taken on a overcast gray day.

The first image is straight from the memory card. Shot at about 400iso and apature priority f13 and 1/100sec.

My first step to edit this image is to adjust the contrast. writing in the sand is not quite showing up as dark as I'd hope to accually know it is there so I am going to use a brush and I am going to adjust the opacity a little and I am going to highlight their names in the sand.
Lastly, I added the sky. It's not something I generally do~but I really wanted something that looked good and my sky moved south and it was so blah i wanted to bump up the image a little but not over the top...but just enough to get a second glance.

I like the final image. It has good contrast with darks and lights and good use of space.
I would like to hear your thoughts. Too Much~too little...just right?


  1. Love your sharp and clear. How do you do that? Is it photoshop or camera that plays a big role to get the good pic?

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