As for the post processing, I have built a slide show that I hope demonstrates the creative magic behind post processed photos. Those are not my words, they’re Stacy’s. She says, right on her blog Visual Venturing,
“Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos”
So you have the BEFORE image. Number 1 slide shows what happens when I click on Lens Profile and Chromatic Aberration for my Canon kit lens. Not much. Slide 2 shows what happens with Upright Perspective, and adjusting highlights and shadows, the white clipping, saturation and black clipping. Slide 3 shows the Experimental preset I used called “Dreams”. In slide 4, I adjusted the clarity, exposure, and updated the graduated filter to tone down the effect of the preset and add some blue to the sky. The preset erased the Upright Perspective so I had to add that again in slide 5. Then I got rid of the street sign in the lower left center of the image and added a white vignette. In the AFTER slide you might be able to see that I used the spot removal tool to get rid of some people dead center where the black section is. So, there you have it. Most times I would have probably stopped at slide number 2. But I just want to play and push a little each week when ABF rolls around. I hope you don’t mind!
As Stacy says: “After-Before Friday (ABF) posts provide an opportunity for photographers (amateur and seasoned, alike) to share their photos, and if they wish, their post-processing decisions. The photos will provide a fun “wow” factor; the post-processing descriptions, the ‘how.’ The goal is to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at others’ work while picking up helpful ideas along the way that each of us can use as we work with our own photos.
Please be sure to visit Visual Venturing for more After-Before Friday