After a few friends had asked me about my post-processing methods and techniques, I decided to cook up a little “This is how I do it” video that would walk them through my typical post-processing session. The idea quickly snowballed, and next thing I know, I’m starting what I hope will become a weekly video series.
Welcome, then, to the first “episode” of O.P.P. (Other People’s Processing).
Every week, I will take a user-submitted RAW file and run it through my typical Lightroom/Photoshop process and narrate as I go. The wonderful thing about post-production is that there is really no right way or wrong way to do it. Some techniques might yield better-looking results, but that doesn’t necessarily mean any other way is wrong (or that the prettier way is right). Ultimately it’s your image and it’s your vision.
That being said, every now and then we have trouble getting what’s on the screen to quite match what’s in our head, and more often than not it’s simply because we couldn’t figure out how to get Photoshop to do what we wanted it to do. I’ve always been a huge fan of watching people as they work because I always pick up at least a trick or two, and I hope that this video (and those to come) prove useful to you in the same way.
Finally, as an aside, education is very much a two-way street; if you have any tips, tricks, or suggestions on how I could done better, please don’t hesitate to share it in the comments below.
If you would like to submit your own image to O.P.P. you can do so here.