So, although, as I mentioned before, I’m not a fan of heavily edited photographs because the skill should lie in the photographer’s ability to capture the moment and not a system’s ability to manipulate reality, there is an exception. And that, my friends, is a commercial one.
In order to prepare some photographs to send off to greeting card companies I have had to be brutal. And honest. Brutally honest. A little editing is going to be necessary to provide the bright, light kind of images required because I don’t have the equipment (i.e a great flash!) yet to achieve everything I want without this.
Below is a key example – seen here is an edited version which has made the photo lighter, enhanced the yellow aspects of it and also sharpened up the lines.
And here are two examples of how editing can differ the message an image conveys… The first is bright, cheery and quite possibly the type of card you’d receive to say ‘thank you’ or ‘thinking of you’. The black and white version is more abstract and wouldn’t make a particularly attractive greeting card design.
My other challenge was trying to capture some beauty in the mini red rose plant I bought that has since wilted and dried out. I happen to love dried roses and have several waiting in storage until a time when I have space to display them. To bring some contrast to the colours I photographed it against a duck egg blue background which became greyer in post-production.
You can see the original post I wrote about taking photos of this rose plant here; https://creativelittlecwtch.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/mini-red-rose/
Looks rather different, doesn’t it?!
As you may be able to tell, I’m quite obsessed with roses! They make excellent subjects because of all the layers of petals and their pretty shape. They are also tricky because all those layers can lead to focus problems!
The last two photos are of the same rose so it shows how playing around with the temperature of a photo can really influence the final outcome. I only use a very basic Microsoft programme to edit as I don’t have any specialist software like Photoshop or the like.