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Guide to Travel Photography – #5: Post Production and Editing


Guide to Travel Photography  #5: Post Production and Editing, Photo by Brandon Elijah Scott

Welcome to a fifth installment of my Guide to Travel Photography series. We’ve talked over a lot of basis and critical things to learn and keep in mind when going out there and shooting, though now it’s time to come inside and to put some work in on your images. Post production/editing photography is a large theme that could simply have over 100,000 articles on a own, so unclothed with me as I’m usually focusing on some of a some-more common subjects, along with a few of a some-more renouned questions that I’m mostly asked on my blog.


Which module should we use?

While there are loads of post-production and modifying programs out there for photos, we am not a best chairman to ask for alternatives to Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is a ‘Alpha and a Omega, a First and a Last, a Beginning and a End’ as distant as I’m concerned. Photoshop is a customary in a industry, and for good reason. It’s not by happenstance that a tenure ‘photoshopped’ has turn internationally known. The module is tip notch, charity scarcely unconstrained possibilities, tools, plugins and so most some-more – it’s rarely used for some-more than simply photo-editing, though it’s a tip choice for striking designers and publications as well. Yes, Photoshop is expensive, though it might be one of a tip things that apart your work from graduating to a subsequent level.

Basic edits for any and any transport photo

I find there are a few collection and a few modifying techniques that flattering most any transport print could advantage from using.

•    Sharpen – Every photo, no matter how plain it was shot or what apparatus was used, needs to be sensory (at slightest a small bit).

•    Levels/Curves – Levels and Curves are collection in Photoshop (which is mostly mimicked in other programs as well) that concede we to lift a darks of your picture to loyal black and a lights to loyal white – this is critical for this revise alone will renovate your images and make them pop.

•    Sponge/Dodge/Burn – These are 3 apart collection accessible in Photoshop that any have their possess uses. Sponge allows we to lift your cursor over your picture where it will afterwards sate or desaturate certain areas – that can raise and change a mood of a photo, as good as where a viewer’s eye will ramble first. Dodge allows we to lighten certain aspects of your image. Burn allows we to dim certain areas of your photo.

•    Denoise – Like that of heightening any image, any one has traces of sound and discolored pixels. It’s inevitable, though it is curable. we advise regulating Topaz Labs DeNoise Photoshop plugin.

•    Vignette – A vignette darkens a edges of a photograph, bringing in a concentration of a image, effectively altering a mood and a viewer’s reaction, by sketch a viewer’s eye in.

A brief demeanour during HDR (High Dynamic Range)

In my final edition, Guide to Travel Photography – #4: Techniques for modernized shooters, we talked quickly on a basis of HDR photography…

“Briefly, HDR is a routine of consistent a best pixels accessible from mixed exposures. So, if we were to take a sketch of a dim building, though a sky is splendid (which is utterly typical), afterwards we need to take a same accurate sketch in 3-5 exposures, from unequivocally dim to dark, middle exposure, and light to unequivocally light… You can do this with one singular shot, if we fire in RAW format on your camera, however sensory any of a exposures live with a tripod will produce a best altogether quality. Then, lift these mixed exposures into programs like Photomatix to routine them together. The indicate to consider about is, if we blew out a sky, where it’s all loyal white, there’s no fact there – a same goes for underexposed areas in a photograph.”

Other critical records on HDR – When modifying your photos in Photomatix, it’s critical to exam and to try. The module gives we a flattering plain live preview as we change a settings and pierce a sliders that are inspiring your image, so we advise for we to continue to play around with your images, rather than settling for one of a application’s preset programs. Also, a large mistake that a lot of pledge HDR photographers make is within a sum and within a clouds. If you’re perplexing to fire handheld HDR, we have to compensate critical courtesy to how Photomatix blends your images together. It can also majorly change your fact threshold to where your images will be becloud or shop-worn when zoomed in – if we find this happens to you, re-edit a print with softer settings. As distant as a clouds go, if you’re sensory with a unequivocally splendid sky, it’s approaching that even with squalid bracketed photos, we will still skip out on all that good detail, and afterwards Photomatix’s HDR routine will do what it thinks is best, when unequivocally it’s withdrawal a big, conspicuous grey/off-color blob in place of where a loyal white rise is to be expected. There are copiousness of other simple mistakes and things that we have to demeanour out for, though that’s another array for another time.


Recommended plugins

There are scarcely unconstrained plugins accessible for Photoshop, though here are a few that we tend to use on my possess photography…

•    Alien Skin Exposure, Bokeh

•    Imagenomic Portraiture

•    Nik Color Efex Pro

•    Red Giant Knoll Light Factory

•    Topaz Labs Adjust, BW Effects, DeNoise

•    Photomatix Pro


Over-editing is for a foolish

As a final note, we suspicion it advantageous to hold on a theme of over-editing again, that we spoke about in #2: The don’t do’s. By all means, we support personification around, training and afterwards violation a rules, though there unequivocally is a indicate where modifying goes approach too far. So, exam and prod, and be creative, though take a step behind before edition your print – make certain that we extended and improved, rather than ruining and destroying your image.


CheapOair has partnered with Brandon Elijah Scott for a array of blog posts training we about a finer points of transport photography. Find partial 1 here, partial 2 here, partial 3 here and partial 4 here. If these photos enthuse we to take a pitch during transport photography, simply check out CheapOair low-priced airfare! And don’t forget to learn some-more about transport photography during Brandon’s Eye and Pen blog.


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