April 5, 2012 - 25 went

April Monthly Meeting

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  • A former member

    There was a discussion in the meeting about how much modification in Lightroom or PS is acceptable. Here is an example of a "tweaked" photo with no cloning, but a fairly significant amount of ND filter work, saturation adjustment and white balance changes done, and then the original as it came out of the camera. I think the comment made "whatever you're comfortable with" is really the right answer. For me, if I am taking a "documentation" photo, I do a minimal amount, maybe correcting white balance and exposure a bit. If I am just trying to make a nice picture, I give myself a lot more freedom (cloning, etc.) but still trying to keep the feeling I had when I was standing there taking the photo.

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  • Bjorn

    The majority of photos I take are 'documentation' (aka trying to keep my memory fresh). But even under that principle I suppose there is something to be said for the impressionist viewpoint of trying to document your experience of the scene, instead of how your camera manufacturer decided to filter their sensor output ...

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  • Alfredo

    If you read about Ansel Adams developing prints you would know that he would develop his negatives more than once; often over the years he would use the latest chemicals (read Photoshop) on the same negatives. Some people think that he would be a great Photoshop master if he was alive. This is one of his quotes: "Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships" And the one that applies to this discussion "You don't take a photograph, you make it" I adhere to this quote with body and soul. My take on the subject is do whatever makes you happy, they are your photos anyway!

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  • Alfredo

    By the by, @tim that is a great shot.

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  • Ryan E.

    Great shot again Tim! I like the jet trail too. I had a sunset shot a while back where I was lucky to get a nice jet trail in the shot; adds a nice touch sometimes.

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