Summary – Adjusting Tonal & Color Contrast is the only post-processing needed (usually). Here’s an example.
Tonal & color contrast adjustments
Are easy to do and
Are very effective
Any additional post-processing is
Before – as captured in the camera
After – mouse roll over
After a minute or two with the recipe shown below
Simple adjustments + Minimal time = Two different images
If you use the Google Nik Collection
Create a Color Efex Pro recipe dedicated to tonal & color contrast
It should be all that you need 9 times out of 10
This is what mine looks like –
A visual design “thought” –
Intended eye movement is lower right to upper left
Eyes are captured by bright, high-contrast objects
The cat-tails in this case
A line has been provided to step the eye through the image
Cat tails, to pond ripple, to trees
Lines don’t have to be solid
(Ripples due to a pebble I threw to that spot for my “line”)
Contrast was adjust to emphasize the “line”
Brighter over that area and
Darker over the rest – especially near frame edges
To keep the eye contained within the frame
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