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Why post processing is important?

Why post processing is important?


Why post processing is important?It is a question that many people ask the photographers. From the testimony of many photographers and from my personal experience post processing of photographs is very important. Back in the day of film photography, photographers developed the film in a laboratory. They used different chemical process, paper, printing methods and cropping. This technique had the last word on the outcome of the photo being the most important process of creating the final photograph.

Getting it right in the camera it is just a small part of the final photograph. Shooting the photos in RAW format (the negative of digital) gives the uncompressed data and is the best choice when photographers, post process their images.RAW file format images have better colors, more detail, smoother tonal gradations than the standard image file format JPEG. To process the images photographers use software, this software is the “digital laboratory” as I like to call it.It’s a thin line between a good and great photograph and the decisive outcome can make the difference by editing.

“ The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. Ansel Adams ”

Editing a photograph doesn’t mean that it has to be a total photo-manipulation. Depending on the image and on what the photographer’s vision of the image is and what he wants for his viewers to see, photo editing can resume to a simple sharpening, from color to black & white contrast levels or curves. Also removing obstacles from a photograph from the foreground or background for example spots or power lines from a landscape or outdoor portrait than can be a distraction for the viewer.Overdoing an edit of a photo can sometimes be a bad idea, but not in all cases.

Today, digital editing mimics the processes that film photographers used in the past. Even though digital editing is ”lightning fast” some images take hours to process by trying different techniques until the photographer achieves his goal for the image.Brighten up a photo, color correcting, color grading removing spots, adjusting exposure, removing grain or adding grain, or just straighten the image, fixing color fringe and so on, overall post-processing is not a sin it is a must and important to any photographer. It is the last but not less important tool in creating the final image.There are many complex processes that photographers use to improve their images, but the most basic is the fine-tuning.

Tudor Catalin Gheorghe

As a photographer, my goal is to create beautiful imagery. I discovered that I can’t stop learning. It’s always something new that you can learn in photography. In my journey, I hope that I can teach others a few little things about photography and photo editing. I’m the author and the creator of this website.

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