The Power of Post-Processing

In this post, I want to talk about post-processing images. In today's world, everyone is taking photos and doing some type of post-processing of their images. Today it is very easy to use some free or cheap post-processing apps or software to edit your photos. Some apps are very powerful and easy to use. However, it is important to understand not all post-processing apps and software is not the same and you can use a variety of combinations of software to get some amazing effects. The bottom line is, photo post-processing is very important for any photographer. 

So what is photo post-processing? According to Improved Photography, photo post-processing is "When shooting JPEG the camera is doing this for you in a pre-determined way that can't be reversed. When shooting RAW the photographer has to (or gets to) do this on the computer. This cooking of the RAW image using the software on a computer is one form of post-processing". So what can of software can you use to post-process your photos besides smartphone filters? The reality is there are a variety of software products you can use, like Photoshop, Lightroom, Luminar, Arora, etc... Most software products can make a big difference in most images. However, it does take patience, the willingness to learn the software and be willing to invest in some more advanced post-processing software. 

Presets can be very helpful when it comes to improving your images. According to According to Verno Ho Photography,  "a preset is a pre-configured look that you can apply to any number of photos with one click. If you're familiar with using filters in Instagram, VSCO, or any other photo editing application, then you're already familiar with using presets". The great thing about presets is you can get many great presets packages from very experienced photographers and companies. One of my favorite resources for presets bundles is Sleeklens. Sleeklens offers and wide-range of packed presents for Lightroom and Photoshop. They even have training courses to help improve your photography skills. To learn more about Sleeklens presets you can visit Sleeklens . I highly recommend their preset packages and training courses. 

So is there a big difference when you use post-processing software? Why, yes there is. Take a look at this photo of the USS Battleship North Carolina I edited. The image was shot in RAW and edited with two different software post-processing products; Lightroom CC and Aurora HDR. As you can see from the initial original photo the image has no detail and the image is basically a flat unimpressive image. However, if you apply some of the features using a great software program you can dramatically improve the image and make the image come alive. With presets, you can experiment with a variety of looks for an image. If you maintain the original RAW image you can re-edit the image as many times as you like. That is the fun part of post-processing your images. 

Initial RAW Image

Initial RAW Image

After Post-Processing

After Post-Processing

Photo-processing can make an image so much better. Filters on smartphones are cool, but nothing compares to software designed specifically to improve your photos. Keep in mind that it is a good idea to try a combination of software programs. It can greatly improve your images. 

Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger 

 

 

Paper Print vs Metal Print

Have you ever considered a metal print for your home, office, or as a gift? Metal prints are a great option and many people are unaware of how unique metal prints are. Let’s look at what makes metal print a better option over a paper print for an image. 

When it comes to deciding to print an image on metal there are some important factors to consider. The most important thing to consider would be, is the image good enough to be a high-quality metal image? It is a good idea to use an image that was taken with a good camera or have a photographer take the image for you. A good photographer can use post-processing software like Photoshop or Lightroom to make an image detailed enough to put on metal. Plus, a good photographer's skills can come in handy by enhancing an image and making the image quality better for a metal print. The last thing you want to do is put a bad image on metal. 

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Regardless if an image is a beautiful landscape image or portrait image, a great image should contain a high level of sharpness. If an image is not photographed properly and is not sharp the image will not be worth printing on metal. The level of sharpness is very apparent for metal prints. It is important to keep in mind that the level of sharpness should be based on image and the effects used to create the image. It is important to be selective in what images you want to put on metal. Sharpness matters!

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The colors, contrast, and expose of an image is very important. The reason why the three elements are so important is because you want your image to really “pop” and you can make a great image come alive if you have the proper colors levels, contrast settings, and proper exposure for your image. Another factor to consider when printing on metal is the size of the image. Where do you want to hang the image? What should be the appropriate size? As with any image, the quality of the image is affected by the size and detail is lost if you attempt to print an image too large. That is true for any print option. However, many metal images do retain their quality and clarity up to some impressive size options.  

There are some great advantages for printing on metal. One of my favorite things I love about metal prints is they don’t have to be framed and they ready to hang up right out of the box. Framing can be a hassle for some people. Framing a paper print requires finding or ordering an expensive frame, selecting the proper glass, matting, and selecting the right hanging option. Metal prints do not require a frame (but you can frame them), do not require glass and ready to hang up where ever you like. Since you don’t have to frame a metal print, metal prints are lighter in weight. Metal prints are much more durable than other print options. Metal print do not break or bend and they are scratch resistant. Unlike paper prints, metal prints are even waterproof. 

Paper prints and metal prints do differ when it comes to cost. Metal prints do cost more. However, framing a paper print is not cheap. When you factor in the cost of framing, glass, matting and hanging options, the price of a metal print is not so costly. You save time and money in the long run by purchasing a metal print. When I talk to my customers and explain the cost differences between a metal print and paper print, most of my customers go with metal prints over a paper print. 

Metal prints can make a great addition to one’s home decor or office. They also can make a great gift. There are a variety of sizes and shapes to choose from when selecting a metal print. If you have any questions about metal prints, would like one of your images printed on metal, like for me to photograph an image for you, or would like to order a metal print from "The Store" or my "SquaredUp Store", feel free to contact me. Once you see a metal print, you will never want to print on anything else. 

Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger Younce