You may also have noticed that in general this doesn't fit with what I generally produce. Well, someone said something not so long ago and it got me a little 'spooked'.
Read on to be transported to more 'unreal' compositions and the real deal explanation on why all the heavy editing...
Firstly; what I read that got me spooked was on a photography forum I frequent (as I mentioned in my post "Great Photography Reads"), and someone raised the topic that photographer's will find it increasingly difficult to get by on just taking great photos. As the quality of camera goes up, so does the overall quality of everyone's images and 'When everyone is a pro, there will be no more pros' Regardless of the validity of these statements, it was enough of a reason to test my manipulation skills, or flex my 'photoshopping' muscle if you will. Since apparently, your skills here will truly set you apart from the rest, or your blend in with the crowd (using a large feathered brush). Remember, for most manipulations, all it requires is the software's ability to make layers with different blending modes.
Of course, like food, start with a sh**ty product and you're going to have a sh**ty meal. Manipulation cannot be an excuse to take poor photos with intent to fix them up - start with the absolute best product you can, and take it further. I will never lose my original philosophy of 'getting it right in the camera' and neither should you.
Another useful tidbit to remember - "proper planning prevents poor performance". Photos that go start to finish with little more than a curve adjustment can handle being taken with a whimsical approach, but in order to make effective manipulations you need to envision all the way through. Matching lighting intensities, lighting directions, white balances, all help to achieving a more realistic composite in something that is totally 'unreal'.
Well, that should be enough talk. If you want to see more, there have been a lot more uploaded here.
Next post in the works about maximizing your landscape photography potential! So stay tuned.
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