Post-processing can truly make a difference


Heavenly. The image post-processing, after I lightened a little of the shadowing in the foreground and adjusted the colour to reflect my view of reality. I also removed the distracting glare from the solar panels (found in the images below, towards the right of the photo). As well, since this image was uploaded to Flickr and I’m using normal high-speed internet (as opposed to the relatively more expensive cellphone data transfer), I was able to upload a higher-resolution image.

After a month of posting pictures straight off the camera using a smart phone that let me see only very tiny images, it’s rather nice to have the desktop back again.

The Nikon D7000 has some digital manipulation software contained within the camera body and let me do some things like correct horizons that weren’t straight or crudely alter contrast and shadows, but it’s not terribly sophisticated. The biggest constraint lay in my inability to see how pictures looked when on a large screen. Working from the phone, I could not spot, for instance, that images turned out blurry when large.

It also turns out that the screen on my D7000 shows images as far brighter than most computer monitors do, so my editing jobs sometimes looked darker than I would have liked, once uploaded.

The processing possible with the internal software of the D7000. As you can see, it’s better than the original, but not nearly as sophisticated as the image at the top of the page.

So it was a learning experience, but it at least let me add content to the blog sporadically and kept you all in the loop.

The image as it came directly off the camera

As you can see from the image above, processing can make all the difference in the world.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Sandra says:

    your “tweeked” image is just amazing!
    p.s. have been enjoying your blog too! :o)

  2. mjspringett says:

    yes post processing is an answer that can be used, have your tried HDR? a good application for night photography, MJ

    1. VickyTH says:

      I haven’t yet, mainly because I find I don’t like the look of much of the HDR I’ve seen. That said, I’ll freely admit that it could be a useful tool and that there are many variants, some of which I might like. (Wouldn’t HDR still be considered a variant of post-processing, though? Or it it something else? After all, combining images in layers is still done after shooting, on the computer….)

  3. John P. Meyer says:

    A quite instructive comparison. Thanks!

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