In the Lab: Experiments in Post-Processing
Gee your camera takes great pictures! Meh. While a quality camera and a great lens certainly play a role, there is more to a great image.
Ansel Adams famously stated ‘You don’t take a photograph, you make it.’ I think that this is all the more true in the digital world. Starting with a base exposure, the digital darkroom allows you to create an image that appears exactly as you envisioned it when pressing the shutter. Even better, today’s post-processing tools allow for the production of images that you couldn’t have imagined at the time of image capture.
As a scientist by trade, I enjoy the endless experiments that digital photography allows. With no formal training in photography, I’m thankful to have learned from the many great artists who have shared their experience, tips, ideas, and inspiration. In this series, I hope to add to the pool by sharing my process and providing tutorials on the tools that I use to enhance my images. Take what you can from the posts that follow and feel free to share your comments and questions along the way.
FYI – You can find a list of the tools that I’m currently using here.