Monday, May 17, 2010

Always Envision the End Result

Images © Rick Sammon. All rights reserved.

When you are composing a picture, always try to envision the end result - the image that you will create in the digital darkroom. Think about how you can control the color, contrast, sharpness and brightness of a scene. Also think about all-important cropping.

Here is a before-and-after example that illustrates this point. I took the original shot in Guizhou, China on my recent photography workshop.

Here are steps I took to create the opening image for this post:

• Opened the image in Adobe Camera Raw and made some basic enhancements.

• Changed the image to a pano in Photoshop by going to Image Size, unchecking Constrain Proportions, and then typing in a longer width.

• Converted the image to a B&W in Photoshop using the B&W adjustment.

• Used the Midnight filter in Nik Color Efex Pro.

• I did something else. Can you see?

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Explore the light - and explore your creativity,

P.S. All my workshops are listed here.


Joshua James Photography said...

Did you blur the waterfall in post?

Rick Sammon said...

Yes to blurring the waterfall. I selected it and then used the Motion Blur filter. Thank you for your comment.

Martin Fife said...

Rick, Thanks again for another great post - I've got some images in mind to try this on right after I post this. I check your blog everyday for a little tidbit of inspiration! Also, wanna tell you the iPhone app is awesome!

bayouphoto said...

I was going to say you blurred the waterfall but got beaten to it. I love your work and have followed you for years in print and online