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March 15, 2007

Before & After

Filed under: Photography,Process/Learning — chantal @ 12:57 pm

Original:
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New Version:

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So I know I’m late to the whole Photoshop party. And I really don’t want to become one of those ‘photoshop-obsessed-create-the-image-on-the-pc’ kind of photographers. But since I’ve shot film forever, and always scanned prints, I never needed much or any color correction, or any other adjustments. When I did want to boost contrast or something, I used a basic program called Irfanview—which is an excellent program, btw, I’m missing it right now, but I don’t think it will work with this new version of Windows I have; when I tried to download it, it wouldn’t work.

But this is my personality. I hate not being able to do something I want to do. I have to master this, like yesterday. Even with my camera, I can’t be limited by own inability to master my equipment. Working with the tools I have needs to be 2nd nature so that I can create without worrying about settings and stuff like that.

So how am I doing so far? Too saturated? Not enough? On my monitor it seems bright, but I kinda like it like that.

Be honest.

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8 Comments »

  1. Its bright!! I see you’ve done another driveby 😉

    Comment by Sebastian — March 15, 2007 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  2. yeah i was at a red light for this one…

    is it too bright?

    Comment by Chantal — March 15, 2007 @ 1:54 pm | Reply

  3. I think that it is just fine. I like those bright, contrasty images. It looks fine on my monitor. It looks much, much, much better than the original. You’re getting the hang of Elements already! 🙂

    Comment by paul — March 15, 2007 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

  4. Bit bright, but better than the original.

    There’s nothing wrong with photoshop. PS is a digital studio. When I took photo classes in college, security had to hunt me down in the lab and kick me out of there. Lab work is almost more fun than taking the pic.

    Comment by DAVE — March 15, 2007 @ 7:55 pm | Reply

  5. It’s a bit saturated but there’s nothing wrong with that. I do agree that it’s a bit bright – parts of the tree’s branches are gone, and there are blown out details on the middle car.

    I loaded the image into the GIMP, hit Levels->Auto and it did a really good job of removing the very slight blue colour cast. Anything else is just artistic interpretation 🙂

    Comment by Donncha O Caoimh — March 16, 2007 @ 5:37 am | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    Comment by Chantal — March 16, 2007 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  7. Chantal

    Without knowing what ‘look’ you’re going for, I would say the photo is way too contrasty and saturated – ‘blocked up’ shadows and loss of highlight detail is very apparent.

    That said, there is only one ‘pro’ method of adjusting tonal balance and color balance in PS – Curves. Not Levels, not Brightness, not Contrast.

    When adjusting contrast/tonal balance, convert your image to LAB color space and work in the Lightness channel (which is also the best place to apply sharpening).

    Convert back to RGB for color balance work.

    Needless to say, accurate monitor calibration is a MUST.

    Comment by Mark Hobson — March 16, 2007 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  8. Thanks Mark! You’re absolutely right, the more I look at the image the more the brightness and saturation stand out. I’ll re-process and see what I come up with.

    Comment by Chantal — March 16, 2007 @ 3:49 pm | Reply


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