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stealing light. capturing moments.


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The Art(?) of Post Processing

I would like some opinions. Not nasty ones, please; those I can do without, and if you have opinions on politics, I’d rather not hear those, either. Actually, I would like some opinions on Post Processing. post

If you haven’t noticed, I have post processed (other than the watermark, of course) almost none of the photos posted to this blog. It’s not that I don’t have the programs or knowledge; I’m fairly adept at Photoshop, and I have GIMP and Lightroom on my Windows Start page. I went on an HDR binge before I started this blog, but I haven’t posted any of those in a while (I will, I will…). I just have a strong, ingrained, insensible aversion to post. I learned on film but never processed my own, and I carry that “make the first shot count” mentality over to digital. I would rather get the shot perfectly with my camera. I understand the correlation between film processing and digital processing, but I still have this nagging feeling in the pack of my head that when I perform post operations on my photos, I have somehow cheapened the end result.

This is where you, the wonderful person reading this post, come in. I’d like you to give me your opinion on operations in post. Do you adjust contrast? Bump colors? Crop this? Straighten that? Apply a filter?

I’d like to make it clear that I don’t think that others’ work is cheapened by their (often wonderful) post processing skills, I just have always had a slight aversion to it myself. Convince me otherwise?

Thanks,
Chris


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No picture for this post. In fact, this isn’t even a post meant for entertainment! This post is destined for greatness, for in this post, you have the chance to lend your voice to the development of this site.

StolenLogoWhen I first set out to create a photography blog, I was torn between differing formats. I like the idea of a gallery, but galleries are for people with lots of fantastic work and large audiences willing to click through the galleries; I have neither. I thought about making a photo essay site, where every post would be a set of photos along with a story, but I didn’t think I could stay quite as committed, so I decided to make a purely image-centric blog, filled with images and nothing else. Yet, here I am, using my keyboard instead of my camera.

I need some feedback.

Should I leave the format as it is, just images with tech specs in the mouseover? Or should I start writing something with each post  to explain, propound, or just accompany the image? I know that the WordPress community is quite vocal, so don’t be shy!

Your feedback is more than welcome, and feel free to comment on anything else: shooting style, editing, site format, logo, the color of the sky…

Most Gratefully,

Chris