Photography chat 2...Editing... Swipe ↔️ for before, after and a quick video.
Yesterday I spoke about lenses and the effect they have on the look and feel of a photo. Continuing that briefly, I took this photo on an 85mm, settings: ISO 640, f/1.4, 1/60sec. A lot of people in the comments asked me about editing. Editing advice is also my most prevalent dm slide. So if anyone wants to spice up the dm with a different topic pls do 😎🌶. K on to it.
I edit nearly all my photos primarily in Lightroom and only use photoshop when photo manipulation is needed. I edit on the move: passenger seat of a car, on trains etc. Editing can be tedious so best to use time that would otherwise be wasted.
I took this photo at Silverstone avec @tge_ldnm. We'd been on track in an Aston with an instructor, I was told I was 'too enthusiastic' 🤷♀️. Next thing 10 P1 GTRs turn up... this photo didn't stand out initially. I only kept it due to the rarity of the subject. It wasn't an obviously 'instagramable' photo (still not sure it is 😖😅). Firstly I loved the colours on the car and wanted to emphasise these. I desaturated the colours in the background (blue and yellow), but this also took the colour from the car on the right. I brushed the colour back in with the brush tool. Next I altered the light in the photo by lowering the exposure and highlights. I upped the contrast, clarity, shadows and blacks to give it a sharper look. To achieve a better look into the cars I brushed the windscreen and upped the exposure and de-haze. I added a gradient filter to the floor; lowering the exposure, and upping the clarity to make the car's reflection stand out more. I used gradient filters on each side to try and mimic the cars colours onto the wall behind. Last minute I changed the blue primary colours in the photo towards cyan, artistic license as it's fundamentally changed the colour of the car, but this is insta not Reuters. The hardest decision was how to crop the photo. Settled on a 2:1 crop to use Instagram's multi photo feature. I love that both photos stand alone in their own right but come together to create a more compelling panorama.
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🍊🍊 Swipe ↔️ Before I engage in long winded photography chat, which photo do you prefer? Photo 1 or 2.
Photography talk - I don't often speak about the technical elements of photography, not because I don't enjoy it, and I love helping out where I can, but I have not learnt through conventional means. Get out and experiment, press lots of buttons on your camera, and move all sliders in Lightroom is not exactly succinct or particularly clear advice.
However I took two similar photos at the weekend using Tony's #570S (@gravelwoodcarsales) as a guinea pig car. I used my two favourite lenses. Photo 1 is taken with an 85mm 1.4 and photo 2 a 20mm 1.8. Both legendary pieces of glass in their own right. You'll notice their is roughly the same amount of 'empty space' at the bottom of each photo, yet it is clear that the first photo is taken from a much greater distance and produces a much 'flatter' looking image. The closer the subject of the photo to the focal point of the lens the better the background blur or 'bokeh' if being technical. Try it on your phone, take a photo of your finger as close to your camera as it will focus and look at how blurred the background is. Compare that to taking a photo at arms length. Same principle at play here. The 20mm (photo 2) has such a short focal length, objects can be nearly touching the lens and it will focus, where as the 85mm requires much more distance hence the difference in bokeh between the photos. They were both taken at an aperture of 1.8. I love the look of both the lenses, hence why nearly all my photos are taken on them. Once I began to understand focal length and the relationship that has to the look and feel of a photo my photography began to improve. I've edited both photos practically the same using a few techniques I use for nearly every car photo.