Welcome to Through the Lens!
Remember this one thing when processing your photos, whether you shot it with your DSLR, point & shoot, or smartphone.
Don’t over-process your photos.
Resist the urge of using too many apps and overlapping too many filters or presets. One good filter is enough to make your photo look good. Composition is key in creating a great photograph. You can consider color-correction and black & white conversion as key elements, however a properly composed shot with bad processing will not do justice to your photo.
An example of an overly processed photo is the use (or abuse) of the faux HDR filter/preset. There’s nothing wrong with using HDR in processing your photos. A properly used HDR technique will yield great results. This can be achieved through programs like Photoshop. The HDR filter found in apps are just… well… filters. They don’t do much other than brightening the dark parts of the photo just to give it a fake “High Dynamic Range” look, thus earning the term “Faux HDR” in the photography community.
When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with Instagram filters, VSCO Film filters in Lightroom or Photoshop, the VSCOcam app, or any other similar apps. Just stay clear from faux HDRs, it’s visual vomitus.
Below, try to study the colors used by the artists. Is it saturated or muted? Does one color complement the other colors? Or are they monochromatic (all colors of a single hue) or analogous (groups of colors that are next to each other in the color wheel)? With regards to the tint, tone, and shade of the black and white photos; do the blacks flow smoothly through the whites, or is it abrupt? Like literally black and white, and no grays.
I encourage you to post your observations on the comment box below. I will add mine after reading yours 🙂
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Post your observations on the comment box below 🙂
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Tune in again next week for the last set of September Photo of the Month selections.
Winner will be announced on October 10th.