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A little point

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? šŸ™‚ šŸ™‚

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 šŸ™‚ Now I have a more interesting picture…but did I do well? Did I do the right thing orĀ I should have left it without retouching?

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The fundamental question of (digital) life

JPEG or RAW ? How many times I heard this question!! Who is the winner? And the Oscar goes to ….Ā  the answer is: it depends! There is not a winner. Both of them have pro and cons… I don’t want to publishĀ a bareĀ standard table with pro&cons but I want to speak about real-life samples. Generally speaking RAW has a lot of pro…but..

I.e. I’m a professional sport photographer and during a race I shot hundreds of pictures and I have to choose and send them to a newspaper as soon as possible. So I have not time to convert/edit them from RAW to JPEG (remember that a RAW file is very-very large )…so I use JPEG but I set my camera to give me a good JPG: i.e.Ā  adjust contrast/saturation/white balance/size. Some year ago IĀ attended to a workshop held by Ivo SagliettiĀ  and he said us to use only JPEG: the reason was that we have to concentrate only on the composition of the image and not on the editing.Ā  Here my reportage in JPEG.

On the opposite I have time to edit the RAW…so I want to work in photoshop with the most quality of my pictures. Here the advantage of RAW is that I can edit/correct the file without big reduction in quality. Remember that everytime you save a JPEG file the software , that you used for editing, reduces it! Ā Yes! It’s the definition of a JPEG file: a compressed file with loss of quality ( also a ZIP file is a compressed file…but the compression is lossles: we can restore the original file). In the case youĀ are usingĀ a JPEG file, my suggestion is to to save it in the default format of the software you are using: i.e PSD for Photoshop. So the next time you edit and save it, you willĀ not have quality reduction.

This is not an advertising! I have a Sony RX100M3 and if I want a good JPEG picture I canĀ setĀ  on ofĀ  the Default Scene ( i.e. Sport,Landscape,Sunset …. ) or the Superior / Intelligent Auto mode. In my next post I’ll show some pictures in those settings ( versus and edited RAW).

 

Before and after: editing with Snapseed

This is a little elaboration with the app Snapseed ( on Ipad Air 2 ). Snapseed is a very powerful toll to editĀ our pictures.

I took this picture during the Lucca Comics&Games this year. This isĀ a steampunk couple and to understand better the final elaboration, please read here:Ā Steampunk

Original shot: I used a Fujifilm X100T.

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First step:Drama filter to increases the levels of sharpness, contrast and saturationĀ of theĀ image. In this case a +50 effect and you can see the difference on the face of the boy.

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Second step: Vintage filter to create a muted and vintage look. Have you read the Steampunk definition? šŸ™‚

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Third step: Grunge filterĀ  to have an old picture with a dirt effect caused by the time.

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Last step: DetailsĀ  to increase the sharpen of the image ( here only +30 ).

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So is this a steampunk-like style? What do you think?

How I did it: imagine and pre-visualized.

I saw, at sunset, this closed beach house ( it’s winter ) … I imagined and IĀ pre-visualizedĀ  a “final” photograph…that I realized using Lightroom. But It’s not important the toll ( i.e. Lightroom or Photoshop ), but the final result that you want to reach. Of course it’s important the beauty or the interest of the moment that you want to capture!