PROJECT: OPTIMISING TONE AND COLOUR

This is a particularly important project, as the way in which you process your images has considerable impact on their quality – and always needs attention.

In this project we will be looking at the fundamental means of post-production adjustment available, in order to make small changes to our images, ensuring they are the best representation of what we saw at the time of shooting, the key word in this statement is small.

“There are a number of reasons for adjusting image qualities in post-production; and the most basic is to have it look as you think it should look” Freeman (2011, p.138); Freeman goes on to mentioned that the practice of optimising an image is a combination of objective technical standards and our own personal subjective preferences.  So basically, it boils down to the person taking the photograph, who is the only person qualified to judge any changes needed to tone, brightness, contrast, colour etc.  For these reasons, it is always best to make adjustments to your images as soon as possible after capture, but if, when setting up our scene we manage to perfectly expose our shot, there should be no need to make any post-processing changes to our work at all.

It is always good to include basic optimisation within our workflow, as although images may not need alteration in post-processing, there should be certain things to look for in each of our shots, this ensures that we are getting the best results from our photography and the checklist should include (but should not be limited too):

      • White balance, making sure the overall colour of our image is correct
      • Ensuring that the blacks and whites are not tinged with colour
      • Making adjustments to brightness, hue and saturation
      • And setting the images contrast range

As I am still learning the basics of post-processing in Photoshop, this is going to be an interesting exercise to complete, but what a great way to learn.

Source:

Reference:

Freeman, M.  (2011) The Digital SLR Handbook.  Revised 3rd Edition.  East Sussex: The Ilex Press Limited.

Bibliography:

Freeman, M.  (2011) The Digital SLR Handbook.  Revised 3rd Edition.  East Sussex: The Ilex Press Limited.

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