When it comes to photography, I think you are only limited by your imagination. The whole process starts when you pick up your camera (or camera equipped cell phone) and decide to take a picture.
Are you the type of person that just wants to grab a quick shot, and don’t really care too much about it after you post it on Facebook? Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that. But if you want to do more with your photos, you may want to put just a little more thought into it.
What does putting more thought into it really mean? It could mean many things, and I could get pretty sappy and talk about really taking in the scene you’re about to photograph. I mean really get into it; the sight, sound, and smell. Use your feelings to really get a sense of the scene. Look up, down, around, all over. Try to get different perspectives of the scene, look at it from many different points of view.
Once you’ve pressed the shutter, your not done. Review your handiwork on a computer screen. Once you’ve nailed down the shot you really like, you can start your post processing work.
There are many discussions on workflow, and I won’t get into it here. Suffice it to say that at least for me, I don’t really have a set pattern of specific steps that I follow. I would rather adjust and tweak and sometimes stumble on something that speaks to me. Sounds a little sappy (again) but it really works that way for me. When I hit the right combination, I can just tell.
That’s what I mean with the title of the post, “Unlimited Potential”. This isn’t just referring to the press of the shutter, but also what you do with your image after that.
Here’s an example of what I mean:
My Original Edited Version.
Converted to Black & White, and then Toned.
Toned and Textured Version.
I’m sure there are other ways to change this image, something I haven’t thought of just yet. But when something new comes up, a different way to enhance this scene, I’ll go back to my original, make a copy and begin again!
I’ll close this post by saying that you might want to consider taking a fresh look at some of the pictures you already have. Do you see some potential, something that may just need a little adjust to make it really pop? Try it and see, you have nothing to lose! By the way, it doesn’t really matter which photo editing program you have, just use what you have!
That’s it for now, until next time – Happy Shooting!