Highlighting the creative magic behind post-processed photos
1 video and 5 photo galleries from 5 photographers. If you’d like to participate, guidelines are on the After-Before Friday Forum page. NOTE: For those viewing the post in the Reader, if the slideshows don’t load, please visit the original post.
My submission: This week, I’m post-processing a photo I took quite a few years ago in Rome, showcasing basic post-processing steps, cropping using the Golden Rectangle and Golden Ratio overlay, and using the radial filter. I’d be interested in hearing what you think of the choices I made to arrive at the after photo.
I’ve also included the after and before images.
Submitted by Jaime Perez — My Photolanguage
Submitted by Emilio Pasquale — Photos By Emilio
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas CA, June 14, 2014
Emilio says: I was sitting on damp sand, my camera mounted on the tripod, just waiting for the sun to set when these two kids wandered into my line of sight. What could I do but shoot a few shots? No, I did not get a release from their parents. Prove they’re your kids and we’ll talk! 🙂
Submitted by Benjamin Rowe — aperture64
Ben says: This week I have edited an interior scene of a Palace, using Exposure Fusion and Photoshop. Most of the work was in removing the guard in the window and then it was onto colour toning.
Submitted by Robin Kent — PhotographybyKent
Robin says: This image was taken last month at Les Invalides in Paris, best known as the burial site for many of France’s military heroes, including Napolean Bonaparte. It also houses the Musée de l’Armée and two other museums dealing with military topics. None of that is shown in this image. The throngs surrounding Napolean’s tomb and the spectacular altar behind it limited my photographic opportunities. But off to the side, an unoccupied antechamber caught my interest. The light coming through the blue stained glass window was significantly brighter than anything else in the scene so getting a decent result would require some post-processing. I remembered the ABFRiday Forum and thought this could be a possible submission. Details on how I got from the first shot to the final result are posted on my blog.
Please click on the links of those who contributed this week, to read about their post-processing steps and/or to see what other treasures they have on their blogs. They’d love to have you visit!
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Great Post, so happy I found this forum.
I’m so happy you found it too, Ben 🙂
Hi Stacy! I remember commenting pn the original post where you added this photo. The geometric shapes formed by the lines, in most of those pictures, was what atrackted my attention; now, I know what you did with this particular one. The cropping and inclination are the key for this final image to be so appealing. Excellent job!
Ha, yes, you did comment on the original post, Jaime; thanks for remembering it 🙂 And glad you like it ! I have to admit, post-processing the photo for the video led me to make a few different adjustments and I like this second version better 🙂 Thanks, as always, for commenting!
It wouldn’t have occurred to me, but the tilted picture is far more interesting !
Glad you like the tilt – thanks 🙂 I’ve just recently learned from fellow blogger, Shane Francescut, that tilting a photo is called a Dutch Angle. I’ve used it a number of times in different situations – sometimes to be able to fit more into the photo and sometimes just because I like the interest it adds. If you google the term, it’s an interesting read as to why and when its meant to be used.
I looked up Dutch Angle. It’s quite interesting. I’ve done it a few times – as we all have – to get more of a subject(s) into a frame. But I hadn’t thought about it consciously as a deliberate technique. Something to bear in mind. Thank you !
My pleasure 🙂
Hi, Stacy: Nice job on the video. It was quite clear what was being done, so the extra takes were worth the effort. I like the final result, a very creative way to make the subject more interesting. Maybe it was just my monitor, but I thought the final vignette was just a tiny bit too pronounced when I first saw it side by side with the original. But then as the image evolved during the video, I changed my mind. So a good final result.
I like the other submissions also and I’m off to check their posts to see their processing steps.
Thanks for your thoughts, Robin! I do tend to favor darker vignetting – don’t quite know why – so if you ever see a photo of mine where you think it’s too dark, please don’t hesitate to let me know. It’s always great to hear what others think! I haven’t had a chance to visit everyone yet, but am looking forward to reading the posts too.
Great tutorial! I like the tilt you that adds visual interest and the use of the radial tool. Well done!
Thanks for the feedback, Emilio, I really appreciate it! And glad you like the tutorial – this one took me many takes 😉