Do You Think in Photoshop?

Posted May 17th, 2011 by   |  Photography, Software  |  Permalink

Do you aspire to get the photo as close to perfect in the camera or do you wonder how that photo might look if you continued processing it in software? It is an interesting dilemma and one that can never be truly answered for everyone. Many people state, “I’m a purist. What I see in front of me is what I strive to represent in the camera.” Others will say, “I’m an artist and the end product is more important than what I see in front of me.”

Regardless of your feelings on this matter, I want to encourage you to “think in Photoshop.” What I mean by this is that I want you to imagine what your photo might look like after some additional work in Photoshop or Lightroom or Nikon Capture NX2. Might it look better in black and white? How about a sepia tone? What if you simply improved the color balance just a little bit and added some contrast?

Look through the images below to see what I mean. Each photo is a different rendition of the same image. The first one is what the image looked like directly out of my camera.

Original image. It was a bit dark in the foreground, but I did this on purpose so I could maintain all the detail in the clouds.

Original image. It was a bit dark in the foreground, but I did this on purpose so I could maintain all the detail in the clouds.

Same image, but I corrected the colors a bit and used Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Pro Contrast.

Same image, but I corrected the colors a bit and added a little bit of contrast in Nikon Capture NX2.

Single image HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro plugin for Photoshop.

This version was created by performing a single image HDR in Nik HDR Efex Pro plugin for Photoshop.

Sepia conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 plugin for Photoshop

Sepia conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 plugin for Photoshop

Black and White conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 plugin for Photoshop.

Black and White conversion using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.0 plugin for Photoshop.

My point is that you can often arrive at a much better or more interesting image after working on the file in Photoshop or Nikon Capture NX2. The simple act of playing with your images in software can open up whole new worlds of creativity for you. Don’t hesitate to think in Photoshop.



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