A quick post about post-processing

So, the Project 313 Post 31 that went live earlier has a flower photo and I mentioned that I photoshopped away some ugly detail. 

I had a few photos taken with the Note 8 and both showed the remnants of a previous flower that had died and rotted right under the current flower (which would also eventually die off and rot). 

Of the two, I thought the second one was the better composition. By the way, those are as-shot, right out of the phone. No post-processing at all. . . I do like that camera. 

Anyway, having decided on the second shot, I went into Photoshop and . . . 

That does have a bit of contrast, brightness, and saturation adjustments . . . as well as no longer having the ugly stain. it was a bit of a pain because I didn’t have a whole lot of clean deck I could use (I cloned the clean areas over the stain) and even then, I had to adjust burn the area to match the brightness and color of the original. It’s not perfect, but then I’m not sending this to a museum. It’s also a bit softer than the original and I almost added the grain, but I didn’t think anyone would be looking at the deck too closely. 

This, of course, was the finished product.

Another photo I really liked (Project 313 Post 028) is that of the copper palm against the background of green palm leaves. 

This shot is taken with the D7000 and the Nikon 70-200mm lens, so it has a lot more information and better resolution even at the pixel level. Here’s the original and what I published. 

However, I struggled to choose between that final product above and either of these next two . . . 

I prefer the one I ultimately chose, but I also like those two. 

The thing with Project 313 that’s causing me a mild discomfort is that many of the photos I show can be processed different ways; ways that look different but just as interesting.

I almost wanted to do a companion series titled The Photos of Project 313 — An Exploration of Creativity.

Who knows . . . perhaps when I’m done with the project I’ll do just that . . . hmm . . . 

Florida 2013, Animal Kingdom,

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12 Responses to A quick post about post-processing

  1. oneowner says:

    I, too, like my Moto phone but I struggle to get the highest quality from it. It seems to me that all phone cameras have the same convenience (if not image quality) but they all have the same drawbacks, too. I’d love to have a viewfinder and some physical buttons and dials for control but I know that’s never gonna happen. What is happening is the fact I’m learning to live with the limitations. It does have a wonderful close-focus that I really like.


    • disperser says:

      Some of the camera apps incorporate controls on the screen (some fairly extensive) that are easier and more convenient than going into the settings. The native app on the Note 8 has a “pro” mode that lets you adjust stuff like iso, depth of field, exposure and exposure compensation and even has the option to save the RAW file. However, the shooting I do with the phone is precisely because it’s more convenient and easier to not fiddle with a lot of stuff (as long as I still get a photo I like).


  2. mega901 says:

    You’ve done a very good job, you have cleaned the rotten flower very beautifully. After cleaning the rotten flower you have contrast it very well. Only the leaf is a bit lighter then original one but still it looks beautiful. If you do not tell about cleaning of rotten flower, no one can tell that you have clone the bench colour, unless the expert see it.


    • disperser says:

      Thank you.

      You can easily see the manipulations in the original because I did them fairly quickly but since I limit the size of the photo I post, I knew it would mask the edits (the smaller the photo, the less edits are visible).

      I’ve actually not modified the leaf in any way. The reason it looks lighter than the original in the final product is that I applied global adjustments like increasing brightness, exposure, and contrast after I completed the edit.

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  3. I do prefer the flower shot but the selfie runs a close second.
    And now my mail box is up to date and clear, so on with the motley whatever that is, and I’m sure you’ll tell me in five thousand words or more :)

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  4. Being a non-photographer who is very unphotographyed and lack in photographyness, I always find it so cool to see the great photos you take AND then see how you spruce them up! Cool! And it’s fun to learn about the processes!

    Now if only you could set that handsome gorilla among the palm leaves with the flower on his head or in his hand! THAT would be something to see! HA! :-D
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. AnnMarie says:

    ALWAYS very interesting to read/see the conversion from a great original photo to an AWESOME ONE! And, I too, like your final choice of Orange Beauty.


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