Digital photo editing - enhancement or detraction - a matter of taste ?
In the fall when trees are changing, cameras come out
to capture the spectacle. One of the intriguing aspects
is the play of light on leaves - radiant in sunlight, defiant in shadow, alluring in fog. Light
filtering through leaves creates a shimmer and draws us to the scene.
A challenge of the new world of digital photography is the ease with which it makes
us editors. Most computers now house photo editing software. And if not, then Google
or other familiar providers offer sophisticated free tools for editing.
The images below have all been digitally edited. You may see the results as an enhancement or a detraction
as matter of personal taste. These were worked on in Photoshop CS. The abstracted ones on the left
are derived from the smaller ones on the right in an effort to capture
and magnify the light, colors and patterns that entrance the eye.
Here are the steps used to modify the original images:
Creating the small images on the right:
These modifications barely scratch the surface of the professional editing powers of Photoshop.
1. Adjust brightness (lighter or darker) by 10%.
2. Adjust contrast by +10% to +15%.
3. Compress image horizontally to create a square format.
Creating the larger images on the left from the ones on the right:
4. Apply a filter called "palette knife" to remove detailing and enhance structural and color patterns.
5. Rotate or flip image for preferred visual balance.
6. Save as TIFF image for archives and printability.
7. Save as JPEG image for web site use.
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