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Got that great shot but don't know what to do with it? You have many different options, whether you're shooting digital or ...
film. Pro photographer Steve Anthony goes over your various options to turn a great shot into a digital masterpiece.
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How to Edit a Digital Photograph
In behalf of TVLesson.com, this is Steve Anthony, professional photographer. I work out of New York and Miami. Let’s talk about a digital post processing photography.
Well, let’s say you’ve got a great shock, now what do you do with it? Well, nowadays whether you’re working with film or digital in terms of x-ray capturing your image, you can work with a digital image in post processing. Most labs will do a full resolution scan of your negatives as you’re processing your film for reasonable cost. Now I can -- it used to cause lot of money to get negatives transferred to digital.
Now if they’re doing it as part of the processing machines that they use nowadays it can do the whole thing in one shot. They do the processing and the digital scanning. And you can get a lot of quality out of a digital scan from a negative.
So don’t discount the possibility of that but once you have a digital image whether it’s been scanned from a negative word originated from a digital camera, you now have many options as to what to do with that image.
Now, a lot of cameras will just produce a very basic flat image just to make sure that all of the information is in the frame but, you’ll have to do a little bit of manipulation after the fact to really get it to pop.
In programs such as Photoshop, for example Adobe Photoshop you can adjust the levels of the image which essentially it’s a more sophisticated way of adjusting brightness and contrast to be very simplistic about it. It’s a very complicated tool but the use of it will enable you to get a lot more zing out of your picture if you just either sliders on the screen when you pull open the level screen and you adjust those sliders. You can actually see what’s happening to the images you’re adjusting on them and just go by eye.
What you see on the screen, when you see what you want to see then try that. You want to do a little bit of sharpening, experiment round a little bit either unsharp mask or smart sharpen because most images will need to be sharpened up just a little bit and of course you can change color balance and all that stuff within a program such as Adobe Photoshop.
The bottom line is experiment and try everything you can, you can’t go wrong. The more you learn, the better your photographs you’re going to look.