Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Envision The End Result
Previsualization of the final desired image is often the key to success
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You know, it doesn't take much to turn a snapshot into a great shot. Most of the time, envisioning the end result—what you can do in the digital darkroom—is the key. Hey, if it worked for Ansel Adams (using film and the wet darkroom), it can work for you, too! Ansel Adams was the master of previsualizing the final image.
Other times, turning a snapshot into a great shot is a matter of careful composition. As Edward Weston, another master photographer, said, "Composition is the strongest way of seeing."
In this article, I'll share a few before-and-after examples of making pictures rather than just taking pictures, that is, snapshots. I made these pictures at the Southeastern Railway Museum and Old Car City USA, two locations not far from Atlanta, Ga.
2 | This is my favorite image—the end-result image I envisioned—from the Southeastern Railway Museum. The tip here is to make a creative image. Onsite, I moved the chair into position and shot with a wide-angle lens set at a small aperture for maximum depth of field. When I processed the image, I corrected the wide-angle distortion (Photoshop > Edit > Select All > Transform > Perspective), changed the color (Photoshop > Image > Adjustments > Color Balance) because I like blue better than green, cropped the image slightly, and as the final step, added a border in Nik Color Efex Pro (Filter > Image Border).
3 | Here's my original image. Well, you have to start somewhere, right?
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