Post processing. It’s something that is always hated in the beginning, but eventually loved, as one learns how to use the tools. Some just never seem to be friends with it ever. So what is all the hype with it anyways? Can’t we just press the shutter button and then display the result without needing to make any changes? Well….yes and no. Sometimes the shot we get out of the camera needs nothing done to it as it is perfect the way it was captured.
An example of this would be this shot I took of a new leaf. All I had to do was compose the right shot with the right settings and everything else was taken care of for me. Sure I pulled it into Lightroom to try and tweak it a bit but everything I tried didn’t seem to add anything to it, so I just left it as is. I didn’t even change the exposure.
A good example as to why post processing is important is this next photo:
To me this photo looks like just a mere snapshot with over exposed areas and a few harsh shadows on the left. The composition works, but there’s nothing that really stands out to me that leaves me with not remembering this shot for more than a few minutes after viewing it never to return. Because in this shot I wanted to focus more on details of the stairs and the railing of the bridge, I decided that some work needed to be done if I wanted to at least try to make an impression and to be able to remember the photo.
Here is the outcome:
As you can now see the harsh shadows on the left are no longer a distraction and the brightness of the stairs are replaced by a much more appealing view of the details of the stonework. Now the viewer is more focused on path that is set before them, a trip over the bridge into the unknown, rather than a snapshot that tries to express the purpose of this photo, but falls a bit short. Color may have worked, but I would have found the trees a little distracting as the main subject I wanted to portray in this work was the stairs and bridge rather than the surrounding area.