The Importance of Post Process

Now that you have managed to sort through your images, it’s time to start Post Processing. This is where you can refine your images to what you envision. It has been around as long as photography itself. Getting rid of spots and blemishes, leveling the image, lighting and darkening, along with dodging and burning in details. Photographers still do it today; we just gave the steps in the process modern terms. If you are purist and don’t believe in doing any Post Process to your images, that’s 100% OK. No one can tell you how to show your work. But if you want your photography to grow stronger, try to find a post process routine that works well for you. Here are a few suggestions that was shown to me that helped me develop as a photographer.

Lightroom screen shot

Basic Post Process edits

  • Know your Post Processing software! If you’re using Photoshop, Lightroom or Elements, you have to know how to use it properly. How to import and export images, to have a basic understanding of the tools, how to adjust the exposure, and the list goes on and on. I’ve said it before, YouTube is your know it all friend. Use it and search, “How to use whatever tool or function in whatever program you are using?”
  • Removing dust spots. You got a dirty sensor and it shows. Clone out all those little distractions, they’re taking attention away from your subject.
  • Level your image. If you intended the horizon to be level and it’s not….it draws your viewers eyes away from what you are trying to show. With an unintentional tilted horizon, it can give the illusion that everything in your photo is going to slide out of the frame.
  • Adjust exposure. I can not stress how important it is to get your exposure right in the camera. When it comes to how to adjust your exposure properly, if you look online, it’s like all the members of a church choir are all singing a different songs and at different volume. There’s an overwhelming amount of information out there about exposure. YOU must filter through it, find and try what works best for you.
  • Resizing and sharpening. Most likely you are not going to upload a full-size image. If it’s for Instagram, a Facebook post, or your personal website, you’re going to have to resize your images before posting them. After you have your resized images, you’ll want to do a tad bit of sharpening to them. You just want to sharpen up the details soften from resizing.

This is just a few basic items of post processing. There are far more advanced and complicated attributes to it. I’m just trying to crack open the door to the larger world of post process.

Until next post,

Steven

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