In my last post I talked about learning new techniques. One of the aspects about learning is not just about techniques but in how to see or visualise what a final image may look like. Sometimes this is an evolutionary thing, as the image is worked on a view becomes predominate. Other times an idea may be present from the beginning.
Like all things this requires practise and lots of it. Since learning a few new techniques in photoshop I have practised on about 10-15 images (not sure of the exact count as for some I don’t keep) At each practise session, as that is what they are, the technical stuff becomes easier and the artistic side becomes stronger. This how it should be, for if one is struggling with the technical how can the artistic side surface. It would be like a painter not sure on what brush is used to create a particular look trying to do a masterpiece.
Anyway to cut out the ramblings I will show a before and after image that I did today. Just so you can see the difference that practise makes. The image I used was one that on taking I did not know what to do with because my technical skills in post processing were not that good.
The original shot
The final version.
Recently I stumbled across some incredibly beautiful Black and White images by Julia Anna Gospodarou (well worth looking at her images found here http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com). Now being a person that always wants to learn new things I decided that Julia’s book on producing fine art images would be a worthwhile addition to my collection, and this fathers day it will be mine.
In the interim I have been looking back at a few images and considering if they were worthwhile practising the little I have gleaned from reading the extracts Julia Gospodarou provides . I do understand that what I am doing is most likely cumbersome and poorly executed and will remain so until I read her book. However in the meantime the practising and thinking that goes with trying out new things is already making a difference to my post processing.
An example may help.
The following image was taken in Aosta a few years ago and was done in a hurry with poor composition and shooting position. Despite these drawbacks I thought that the wine press (the image I have been working on) was worth looking at using my newly gained knowledge.
So the before shot which I had previously discarded as not usable:
And the wine press after processing.
Whilst it still is not a great image I think that processing has turned a complete dud into a better shot.