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Before & After: Temple Roof

For most of my photos, my processing consists of some adjustment of a few settings, and maybe a little highlighting of a certain feature of the photograph.  Sometimes, however, getting the look I want takes considerable editing after the photo has been taken.  I think that it’s important to highlight the power of processing, especially to new photographers who might feel bad about the way their photos look straight out of the camera.

This is a photo from my time in South Korea that I edited this morning.  Take a look at the difference that the processing made.  The first shot is straight out of the camera.  The second shot is after my processing.

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Before & After: Early Morning in Camp

I’ve had a lot of requests lately for more of my “Before & After” posts.  I was working on my shots from the Fort Ticonderoga event a few weeks ago, and I felt that this image was a good example of how I often spend a lot of time turning what my camera saw into what I personally experienced.  To me, photography is about portraying a moment, and sometimes the camera doesn’t give a very true depiction, which leaves the photographer to fix that through processing.  Ansel Adams did it in the darkroom, I do it in Adobe Lightroom.

Anyway, here’s my shot of an early morning moment in the British camp at Fort Ticonderoga.  Click the link to check out the differences!

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Before & After: Fokker at Sunrise

Some of the most beautiful photographs are taken during sunrise, sunset, or the famous “magic hour”.  The soft, colorful, diffuse light present in these situation often lends itself well to some truly gorgeous shots.  However, sometimes the light, your camera, or other factors conspire against you and you’re not able to really capture the atmosphere of those dawn/dusk moments.

While I was shooting the Virginia Beach “Biplanes and Triplanes” show, I woke up at 6am one morning to get shots of some of the planes taking off for some early morning flights.  The light was great, but my camera had some trouble capturing the nuances of the soft, pink light and the golden hue of the sunrise.  One of my guiding principles when it comes to my processing is that I process my photos to look the way I perceived the moment.  The processing I did below was meant to give the beauty back to the sunrise-lit moment that I saw.

Here is the before and after comparison, side by side:

Click below to see what I changed, why I changed it, and how!

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