Behind the scenes: From Frame to the Final Image
Following on from last weeks post: Cropping Controversy, I have decided to make one post a week about the processes from shooting to the final image. As you will have read on my website, most of my photography contains basic editing (saturations/cropping etc) so with this in mind, I am going to open with a behind the scenes shot and explain to process to the final image of a cactus.
As you can see from the image shown below, it was important to me that the image wasn’t just a snapshot of a cactus, but a more creative one that showed its detail clearly. For this I had to be careful of both myself and more importantly the camera lens. Focusing proved tricky on a couple of occasions as I wanted to get so close to it, however after a few attempts, I had captured enough detail to work with.
The next stage was to decide on the most focused of 4 images and having done so, select the specific area I wanted through cropping it. I then completed the saturation/contrast process. This helped to bring the detail out further, while also enhancing the colours, making them closer to the real life cactus.
Selecting the crop Contrasts changed Saturation Levels changed
Finally, I checked the crop selection and pressed save. To view the final version of the image, click here.