Friday, February 24, 2012
Thank heavens for post processing options, because that's where I can compensate for my haste to get a picture on the frozen lakeshore... while in my comfy desk chair in my 70F house. When it comes to post processing, there are a lot of options. You can do a little, or a lot. You can even buy filters to do most of the work for you. I'm not going to do an in depth analysis of photo editing software here. My aim is just to show you how I can get a pretty darn good pic out of a sow's ear.
The photo above was taken last weekend at sunset. This photo is what the JPG version looked like right out of the camera. I liked all the textures in the sand, snow, waves, dune grass, and trees but they are all too dark and too hot. That's not the way I saw the sunset at the time. Fortunately, I shoot RAW and JPG images at the same time. Here's what the RAW image looked like.
When I need software with more editing features my go-to program is Photoshop Elements, current version, PSE10. I know, I know, you're wondering why I don't use the full version of Photoshop. I actually have the current version of Photoshop (CS5) and I know how use it well (3 college semesters of it will do that for you ;-) . However, it's a time suck to do everything manually. PSE has all the tools I need and is much more user-friendly. And, you can add filters, brushes, fonts, etc. to it just like you can for the full version of Photoshop. (This is not a sales pitch. I'm not getting paid to promote products from Adobe, Picasa, or anyone else.)
Anyway, so I opened this photo in PSE, played with a bunch of settings and filters which I didn't write down because I was just playing at the time... and this is what I came up with.
How much post processing do you do to your photos? What software do you use? Got any great photos you were able to "save" with post processing?