May 18, 2018 at 1:25 am #194
I took some photos last summer of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in NY. Huge rocks some the size of small houses. I don’t like how they turned out at all. Lay it on me with CC. Composition? Subject? Technical? I have tried some B&W post processing and like them slightly better. What would you do to post process these photos? Or do I need to rethink how I captured them? It was great except in August I was eaten alive by bugs! A few photo links for reference.
Timothy GriffinKeymaster@t12griffinMay 18, 2018 at 11:55 am #205
HI John, At first look , my first thought was HDR or fill flash. I think you need something to bring out the details in the rocks. From a composition point , change the angle. maybe down on the ground shooting up( but then you have to watch the sky). It just means you have to go back and shoot it again. From a processing point,maybe a selection of just the rock face to brighten just that part without changing the balance of the image. Adjustment brush in Lightroom or Quick Select and mask on a layer if in Photoshop.
May 18, 2018 at 3:36 pm #214
Thanks Tim. I’m hearing more light on the rocks, lower angle perspective, and bring out more detail in the rocks. That is good feedback and I agree. May try this location again in mid-June. I will try some edits on my current collection this weekend bumping up the exposure on the rocks, and pulling some more detail (sharpness/clarity) out of the rocks.
paul sParticipant@sharkMay 22, 2018 at 3:21 pm #236
I’m with Tim on the processing in that there is a wide range of very dark to quite bright in the images – something hdr could help with. You can actually ‘fake’ an hdr from a single image john. Just make 2 virtual copies in Lightroom or Photoshop. Process the original as neutral, one for the brights, and one for the darks. Then blend the 3 either with layer masks if you’re comfortable with it, or with an HDR tool. In this case, given the spotty nature i would think an HDR tool would be easier. Things like a sunset with a horizon, ‘bottom’ and ‘top’ i would lean towards a layer mask personally as i think they blend better. As you said, black and white can also help with that stuff but still tend to look better with an overall good balance of tones IMO.
As for composition, thats more of a personal choice for what *you* like, assuming you are shooting for your own pleasure vs commercial avenues. I also agree with Tim here in that different angles can help. I tend to favor low personally as i feel it adds a lot more depth. When i am shooting i often think back to something I heard Scott Kelby say – ‘your image should not look like you walked up and snapped a photo that anyone else in the same spot would take’. I always have knee pads and mud boots with me 🙂
looks like a nice area with lots of good photo opportunities 🙂
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