Friday, February 19, 2010

Analyze This



One of the most important digital darkroom skills is analyzing an image when you open it.

If you ask yourself what you don't like about an image - what's wrong with it - you can easily figure out how to improve it.

Here was my analysis of the top picture - taken in Mongolia in extremely dusty and overcast conditions:

Problem: No deep shadows and no highlights
Solution: Adjust Levels

Problem: Flat
Solution: Boost Contrast

Problem: Could not see faces
Solution: Adjust Shadows/Highlights

Problem: Soft
Solution: Sharpen

The next time you open an image, take some time to analyze it. The more you analyze, the better you become at self analysis.

Explore the Light,
Rick

1 comment:

Chris Liphart said...

I love seeing someone pull a great shot out of something that most would throw away.