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post-processing the city

the eye of the beholder

It's very easy to get carried away during post. Some amount of post-production is always gonna be necessary for images (even those "straight out of the camera" JPG images have been processed by the camera as they were saved), but where do you draw the line? First, you're just color correcting and adjusting levels and curves. Then you're cleaning up the street. Then maybe removing a No Parking sign or two. From there it's not much more work to clone out some errant traffic cones. Then hell, why not the whole orange area? Which is how you start with the photo immediately above and end up with what's at the top of the page. Read more [...]
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“We’ll fix it in post”

I’ve never really held too closely to the nigh-Platonic Ideal of getting it entirely in-camera. As someone who does a lot of his work in a tiny studio with low ceilings, I deal with a lot of limitations that I have to compensate for in post. Practice makes pragmatists, after all, and that goes doubly-so when you’re broke. Read more [...]
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O.P.P. #9 – Male Head Shot

This week's is another submission from brother-in-law-extraordinaire, Dean Hodgson, who provided the last image, as well. Since I do a lot of head shot work I figured it'd be handy to share some of my head shot workflow. Read more [...]
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O.P.P. #8 – Pinup

And so I'm back from outer space. And I've brought a 1940s pinup girl with me, courtesy of my brother-in-law. This photo was a lot of fun to work on, as well as provided good practice for a project-of-a-not-dissimilar-nature I'm currently working on. Read more [...]
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O.P.P. #7 – Motorcycle

Typically, car and motorcycle photography is a pretty involved affair. Combining product photography's attention to detail with studio photography's size and scale often results in needing lots of lights, gear, and help. But just because you don't have a lot of light (or any light, as the case may be) doesn't mean you can't still cook up a pretty cool shot of your ride with a little creative post-processing. Read more [...]