In days of olde (so I was told),
Many photos were discarded because of their poor quality
Much less so today
Technology to the rescue
With current imaging software
Almost anything is possible
“Painting requires skill. Photography is created by the camera, and one cannot fully control what the camera sees. So people take many photographs because several must always be discarded.”
(Igor Babailov – Igor was a painter. Surprise, surprise. )
Old Silk Mill – abandoned since 1957
Taken in almost complete darkness (on-camera flash)
One of the first shots during a four-hour shoot. Still feeling my way -
Visibility-wise: Don’t have a flashlight? Don’t come in here!
I’m not a flash person so it was a learning experience
Would have done better if I tried again later (smarter by then)
No worry – modern software to the rescue
Here’s the image as captured and two post-processing versions.
Click to see this full screen
Unless you’re my old mentor (no changes PERIOD after capture; he shot slides, wouldn’t touch digital with a 10-foot pole) -
The capture is just the first step
Under normal conditions it may be enough
This dark dungeon wasn’t normal
This image is an example of why shooting in RAW is a good idea.
I had many, many options for exposure improvements.
Here are just a few examples (capture at left) -
In addition to the obvious changes between the original and completed versions, two subtle adjustments were made -
- The flash glare in the window was reduced
- I used Viveza (it’s for local adjustments)
- Not Color Efex (it’s NOT for local adjustments)
- Verticals & horizontals were straightened
- Used Picture Window Pro’s “Warp” feature
- Can easily cause unwanted distortions (scale face)
Many (most) programs offer multiple ways to do these adjustments.
I took the right-hand version into Color Efex Pro 4 for Color & Tonal Contrast adjustments and into Silver Efex Pro 2 for the B&W (sepia) version). I could easily have stopped at the after version above.
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