Thought I’d post this one mainly for “newbies” (I hate that word!)
When I first joined epz I, as I’m guessing many of you did, looked on in awe at what certain people where posting on here. “They must all have really good cameras, as my shots never look like that!” etc…
Slowly the penny dropped, and I realised that there were very few images that caught my eye straight out of camera. After lots of reading and messing with layers and curves I started to get the look that had inspired me originally, and gradually developed a workflow.
Obviously there are times when you don’t have to do anything to a shot except sharpen and resize for web, but In all honesty they are far and few between for me!
As it’s Friday I thought I’d post a before and after to illustrate my point (which will get slammed by the purists, but hopefully help some people )
This was a shot from last year, I was happy with the composition (pretty much always got to get this right as cropping to suit doesn’t always work), but the exposure was poor.
I opened the RAW file V2 and did no more than 15mins photoshop work to get V1. I’ll admit it’s a tad over the top, but as you are reading this, it must have caught your eye!
If you got this far thanks, and if you are a beginner I hope it has shed a bit of light!
|Camera:||Canon EOS 40D |
|Lens:||sigma 10-20mm |
|Recording media:||RAW (digital)|