Can a very little point change the meaning of a picture? But, in the world of photoshop, did I add the little black point or did I remove it? 🙂 🙂
Answers: yes it can! Of course I added the little point. It was a “poor” photo but I noticed that the child was looking at the ground…so I thought to add a little black point to give a reason of curiosity 🙂 Now I have a more interesting picture…but did I do well? Did I do the right thing or I should have left it without retouching?
A little optimization of the Classic Chrome preset of Lightroom: just a little change on Clarity, Saturation and Tone Curve. At the end of the post the link to download the template. To install in Lightroom: right-click (win) or ctrl-click (Imac) on user presets and then choose import.
One of the way to learn how to take a good shot is the following: look for a very bad, ugly, nasty, unsightly, foul, unpleasant place ( in your home too , or in another place ) and try to make it beautiful🙂 In every place there is a hidden nice, lovely, little side…it’s a very good exercise of composition to find it.
I found in my garden some flowers…Ok, they are not very unpleasant..but I think that they are quite meaningless. So I tried to “transform” the picture in a “pictorial” photo, in a “sort of” painting.
More contrast, more light and a lot of color saturation ( and a little crop )…Now they are very beautiful flowers 🙂
These are my Lightroom‘s settings for Fujifilm X100Twhen I import RAWpictures. These are a not definitive settings, but a start pointto continue (eventually) the editing. It’s an error to apply the same settings to all the pictures, because all the pictures are different: but we can start with a good base…and then continue to edit.
Some years ago, when I developed and I printed by myself my analogic black&white films, my trick to have a good-basic development was to begin and to end the camera roll during the day: in order to have the same lighting conditions. So it was easier to print pictures (and develop too): the starting exposure was (more or less) the same for all of them. Of course I had to “edit”, to customize the prints locally, but the starting point was very important to avoid a test print for each single picture. We can do the same in the digital editing with standard setting. On the X100T I set the “Classic Chrome” profile.
Today I took a prehistoric photo with a prehistoric digital camera: Canon Powershot A100
Yes I said “prehistoric” because the A100 was produced in the year 2002 Wikipedia. So .. 14 year are like 14 centuries in the technology life ( not humanity’s life! ) … ore more?? Then I took the same pictures with a “modern” Fujifilm X100T( I used the quotation marks because the X100T was born in the 2014 .. )
Here you can see the two pictures ( edited with Lightroom, but only to adjust ( a minimum ) contrast, saturation and sharpening :
Canon Powershot A100
In these small size we cannot see a lot of differences..to be “human” I set 100 ISO in both of them 🙂 🙂
The “surprise” is on the details…. Can you figure out which is the X100T? 🙂 🙂