Posts Tagged ‘Phoneography Challenge: Editing and Processing’

To edit or not to edit, that is the question.  And it’s a question that for me, until recently, had only one answer:  No, the photo should be able to stand on its own.

But after participating for a time in Sally’s weekly challenge, I began to change my mind and also to realize that the spectacular photos I saw, the ones I’d love to hang on my wall, were likely edited.  I began to experiment just a bit.  Was a photo of a beautiful place taken in less-than-marvelous light?  I could fix that and convey what it really looked like.  Did someone or something slip into the perfect shot just as I took it.  I could humanely remove them from my finished product.  Did I want to just have fun with a photo and come up with something wild and crazy.  Editing was the way to go.  I began not only to use editing but to enjoy it.

The official challenge this week, the elusive fifth Monday, is “Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.”  And the themes for Week Four are ” Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)”  Got all that?  Don’t worry; only the title is long and complicated.

We’re all familiar with using editing to enhance colors, add drama, add a frame and a copyright.  My gallery this week shows how editing literally gave me shots I didn’t know I had, something from nothing.  I took some indoor photos with my iPad, hoping against hope that they would turn out to look like what I saw and wanted to convey.  I ended with a group of photos that looked mostly like this (and some worse):

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Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled.  But I kept them for some reason and a month or so ago, I decided to apply Picasa 3 to them and see what happened.  To say I was amazed was an understatement!  By applying a variety of editing tools, I came up with photos I absolutely love.  I didn’t write down what I applied and to find out now, I’d have to reverse-edit, then do it all over again.  So I’m not going to do that.  But I think you’ll agree that the results are a big improvement on the what I thought was in the original!  I apologize for so many photos, but I wanted to give you a good idea of what can be done from virtually nothing by using editing judiciously.

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And this is what was actually where I was shooting…

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So I say unto you:  Go forth.  Take photos, hopefully good photos.  Then edit and enjoy.  Or not.