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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Before and After

I never used to do any post-processing on my photos. Good photographers don't need post-processing for amazing photos.

Then I went to an Ansel Adams exhibit. I learned that Ansel Adams spent a lot of time working with his shots, making sure he had the right light, the right exposure, and the right subject for his photos. And then, he spent a lot of time processing his film to show exactly what he wanted to show.

I figured, if he did, it must be OK, and have started to learn about post-processing.

We took this shot with our Canon Rebel XTi, with our 70-200mm 2.8 lens (awesome lens by the way).

This is my before picture. Beautiful sunset. I like the silhouette of the palm tree.  But in real life, the sunset was much more vibrant.

So, using Adobe Elements, I played with the light and color a little bit, and added a red filter. It was my first time using a filter - thought it worked pretty well. This is much more like the picture in my head of the sunset that we saw.

If you like my shots, you need to visit Pixel Perfect for more before and after fun! And if you want to play along all you have to do is show us your SOOC (straight out of camera) shot and then the edited version. Link back to Pixel Perfect and link up your post below! Feel free to share with us your editing program and camera gear too!

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  1. I would so kill to be on a beach right now. Any beach. Beautiful sunset!

  2. Nice.....the beach. Nice photo too....but I love the beach.....

  3. In all honesty, your SOOC is BEAUTIFUL. What I've learned is that nearly any professional uses post-processing to enhance their shots...and that's how it should be used for enhancement not to fix bad photos. Great work.

  4. I think your SOOC is gorgeous too!! A little photo editing never hurts, though!!

  5. GORGEOUS! Oh my goodness, I have sky-envy right now!

  6. LOVE the Colors! It makes me miss living in Florida!

  7. Thanks for stopping at my blog, hope you come back again soon.

    LOVE the silhouette of the tree. That makes the vibrant sunset look even cooler!

  8. Wow, beautiful...I just love the color.