hey everyone :)
today's topic is one dear to my heart - the happy crossover between two of my favorite things, photography and photoshop.
it wasn't long after i began becoming seriously interested in photography that i started to hear a lot of talk about 'pp'. PP stands for 'post-processing' or 'post-production', and for digital photographers basically means anything you do to your image in an image editing programme after you take it off your camera.
i really like to play with my images in photoshop, as i find it is a really enjoyable part of the whole creative process that goes into taking photos. i can't stress enough that using photoshop or an image editor is not supposed to take anything away from learning how to take a good photo. as you learn more and more about photography, you should absolutely be trying to learn how to take technically good photographs. don't rely on photoshop to make your photos good for you. HOWEVER, i personally think using our digital tools after the fact is just another piece of the puzzle - plenty of times i've taken a 'good' shot, but not really truly loved it until after photoshop has worked its magic.
so where do you start? the types of image processing you can do depends on your skill level with your image editing programme, your budget, and/or your willingness to spend a lot of time playing. i really do suggest taking a look around other photographer's work to get an idea of the styles of editing there are around. having a go at emulating some of those is a great place to start. starting next week, i'm going to take a look at some of the basic tools you should have in your editing tool-belt. for now, i'll leave you with a couple of samples of some different styles i experimented with in a recent shoot. if you want to experiment in the meantime, try checking out our store for some of emily powers' yummy Photology textures, or my Lightroom presets. pop by the photography section of the forum too, where i'm off to start a before and after thread for us to take a peek at photos and what we did to them in PP.
Here's my folksy black'n'white:
and my texture:
and my 'honey':
and my urban:
and lastly my normal style: