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The Art of Post-Processing

Photography encompasses a lot more than simply taking a good photo; often times a lot of editing is involved to turn a good photo into a great one. Proper setup, lighting and photo composition are all very important, but the thing that can give a little extra edge is known as: post-processing. While a lot of photographers like to let the camera do most of the work, there are just some things your gear can’t do on on it’s own.

BeforeAfter

Above is the before and after of a photo I shot earlier this year. Looking back at it now, I should have taken some of the reflections out manually, but overall, I think it turned out decently enough. Everyone has their own style and technique when it comes to editing photos. Understanding the functionality of the software is important in getting the look you want during the editing process.

Professional photographer Jeff Creech has shared some of his processes, which were nothing short of amazing.

The amount of work required for a single photo.

Post-processing is also used to help correct exposure issues, remove unwanted elements, or even equipment required to take certain shots, as seen below:

RSX Before
Rig shot by Michael Orlando | Proper Garage

I haven’t come across one single technique that is the same across the board for all photographers in regards to how they edit, and when asked, the laundry list of layers and workflow are often too long to list. However, sometimes what seems like even the most simple edit can change a photo entirely.

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Going forward, we’ll talk about the specifics of particular editing styles and techniques based on things I’ve read as well as my own findings. Stay tuned!

Daniel

I am a web/graphic designer who writes for and founded HighSocietyDC.com; follow me on instagram @highsocietydc