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How to Post-Process Digital Images
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 in photography. Well, let’s say you’ve got a great shot, now what do you do with it? Well nowadays whether you’re working with film or digital in terms of actually 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 they’re processing your film for reasonable cost, now I can use -- it used to cost a lot of money to get negative transferred to digital. Now, if they’re doing as part of the processing the machines that they use nowadays 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 or 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 flood 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 of zing out of your picture if you just either sliders on the screen when you pull up in the levels screen and you adjust those sliders.
You can actually see what’s happening to the images, you’re adjusting in 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 sharpened 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.
Bottom line is experiment and try everything you can, you can’t go wrong. The more you learn, the better your photographs are going to look.