As photographers we understand that completing the vision involves doing some work with our images in post processing. Each of us has our own skill level and approach when it comes to post processing, as well as our preferred software programs. We have a very specific vision in our minds for how we want our finished photograph to appear and often capture an image as an interim step towards that vision.
Category Archives: Post Processing
Experimenting in Post
After badly screwing up some initial image captures, I sometimes save these types of files specifically to do some experimenting in post later on. After all… if I mess up the files even more in post I really haven’t lost anything. The upside is that I may learn something useable by experimenting in post with them.
High ISO Crops
This article features high ISO crops of some handheld photographs I originally captured back in June 2019 shortly after I acquired my Olympus gear. I shoot my E-M1X up to ISO-6400 when required but seldom use ISO values above that. So, most of these photographs fall firmly in the test category.
Lasso Tool Quick Samples
This article features a small collection of lasso tool quick samples showing some adjustments made with this PhotoShop tool. It is a fairly simple tool to use and can make a difference to images for photographers who don’t mind spending a little more time in post with their files. I assume other software programs have similar capability.
During an early morning visit to Hendrie Valley last fall I was fortunate to come across an egret preening in some softer light. Lighting like this is helpful when photographing white birds in terms of capturing more feather details. This article discusses some of the decisions that I made when capturing these photographs, and also when I was working on them in post.
High Contrast Swan
This article discusses various considerations when creating high contrast swan images and some approaches that can be used in post. When we’re out with our cameras it can be beneficial to look beyond what we are physically seeing with our eyes, and imagining a photograph in our brains.
High ISO Bee In Flight
With autumn in Canada fast approaching I spent some time capturing some high ISO bee in flight images with shutter speeds up to 1/5000. This was likely my last opportunity this year to do some testing with fast shutter speeds and related high ISO values with this subject matter. The photographs in this article were captured at ISO values between ISO-2500 and ISO-6400. All were captured handheld with an E-M1X, M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS zoom lens and M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter using Pro Capture H.
Multiple Programs in Post
This article discusses some of the potential benefits and challenges when using multiple programs in post processing. As regular readers will know, I’ve been using multiple programs in post for many years now. About 8 years ago I started using DxO OpticsPro 8 as my main RAW processor. I’ve been using DxO software in conjunction with PhotoShop CS6 and the Nik Collection for an extended period of time. In 2020 I added Topaz Denoise AI to my process in post.
Squirrel at ISO-16000
This article features a photograph of a squirrel at ISO-16000. The RAW file was processed using both DxO PhotoLab 4 DeepPRIME and Topaz Denoise AI.
Thoughts on Noise Reduction
This article shares some thoughts on noise reduction considerations that many of us face when deciding on our approach in post processing. There certainly has been a lot of buzz lately with new software like Topaz Denoise AI and DxO PhotoLab 4 with its DeepPRIME function, coming to market.