Archive for post processing

Saturated Saturday: I see a red door….

Posted in Saturated Saturday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2011 by bayouphoto

This is another new column theme where I post a photo with super saturated and bright colors. I am posting it early as I am leaving for Lake Charles at 5 AM tomorrow morning and won’t have internet till I get back Sunday.

This is the front entrance door to the Presbyterian church at Church Hill, Ms. The oldest in the state. I processed the 5 exposure photo, through Nike filters HDR Efex Pro and Topaz labs Detail and adjust 4

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On another note if I get 50 people to like my facebook page, I will run a drawing for an 11×14 print of the winners choice. Just go to Bayou Photography and click the LIKE tab at the top of  the page. Help me get to 50 if we get to 100 I will run another contest.

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When IS enough, enough

Posted in General, Rants, Software/Hardware with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by bayouphoto

I was reading a post by Matt Koslowski and it got me to thinking about what is enough, for me. How do I determine when enough is enough? I start the process when taking photos. I usually have a clear idea what I want to achieve. Once I import to Lightroom I then closely check all photos and delete the out of focus, badly under or over exposed, or just technically wrong. Then I start to run the remaining through the develop module. After that it is time to rate the ones I really want to spend time on and to see what must be done, to achieve my goal for that photo. I have used Photoshop, Lightroom and my various plug-ins to now know what each is capable of and which one will best achieve my goal. I tend to use Lightroom and the various plug-ins that work right from it more. My small road trip netbook runs Lightroom way better than Photoshop, so I am limited when on the road.

Then it is just a matter of applying the correct adjustments to the image. Most people will tend to develop a style over time. I tend toward crisp sharp details for my landscape and nature and more of a soft effect for people and portraits.

Here is an example of what I like to achieve with my landscape images.

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Nice saturated colors, pure whites and crisp detail in the rocks.

I want to address a misconception I am hearing a lot with the advent of networking and social networking sites. It is the myth that if you post great photos you must have a “really good camera” That is like telling Emeril Lougasi he must have a really good oven, or Michael Angelo had a really good chisel. It is not the tools but how they are used. When I shot competitive 3D  archery I used to tell the young guys, that thought they could win if they just had the latest and greatest bow. ” I can take your bow and beat you but you can’t take my bow and beat me”

Yes I have a decent camera but I work within its limitations and do everything I can to make it the best, BEFORE I post it.

As an example here is the straight out of the camera.And here they are side by side so you can compare better.

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The next time you see a great photo think about what probably went into actually creating it.

Tutorial Thursday: Using Perfect Layers in Lightroom

Posted in Software/Hardware, Tutorial Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

This is my first video tutorial so please cut me some slack and bear with me. I did forget to mention, at the end, that if you wanted to save the changes just click apply and it will process the image and return it to Lightroom as a Photoshop native PSD file.