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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. post-processing

O.P.P. #3 – Wedding Candid

When I first started the O.P.P. series, I publicized it on "The Front Page of the Internet," Reddit. Response was quick and favorable, and one suggestion was to start a Reddit subforum to effectively mirror the series. And thus /r/pimpmyraw was born. This week's submission comes from the subforum, and you can visit the original thread to see some great takes on the image. Read more [...]
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O.P.P. #2 – Male Portrait

Episode Two brings us a portrait submission and a few tips and tricks on how to make images shot in small studios not look like they were shot in small studios. Portrait and Head Shot photography is all about the soft touch and keeping things simple—making the subject look good while still looking like themselves—and hopefully this video will help you do just that. Read more [...]
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You down with O.P.P.?

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). Read more [...]