Photos are always a work in progress. As a behind-the-scenes kind of person, I thought it would be fun to show you the progression of a nature photo from start to finish. Taking the photo with a camera is just the start. The rest of the magic happens when I edit the photo on the computer.
The first photo below is straight out of the camera, completely untouched. Think of this as how your face looks like without any makeup.
In this second image I’ve lightened it up a little and pumped up the color a notch or two. Not so much that it looks like a cartoon but just enough to make the colors pop out more.
In this third image I’ve made some changes so that the image has more depth to it and doesn’t look so flat. I’ve also corrected the color as there was a slight color cast to it before.
In this final image I darkened parts of the image so they fade into the background more. This helps draw the eye to the main subject better.
Once the image is edited to my liking I save it. I’ll do any cropping later since it depends on the project I use the image for. Canvas prints require more room around the edges. Pinterest images need to be vertical instead of horizontal. And I may even decide to put a quote on it later, too.
Sometimes, I do a few more steps in my editing process. Some photos may have a hideous bug squatting on a petal or there’s trash floating in the water of a gorgeous water sunrise scene. Those distractions are edited out because you wouldn’t actually want to hang that kind of thing on your wall. Perhaps I’ll show how I do that in a future blog post. It’s a lot of fun, actually!
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