For someone who is getting into the realm of photography, it is important to learn not only the aspects of taking good photos but also the aspects of making those photos look better through post-production work.
While it is not necessary to do post-production work on all photos, post-production is essential nonetheless as a way to highlight or minimize (if not eradicate) certain elements that impacts the image either positively or negatively.
Here are some basics you need to know about post-production in photography.
- Understanding file formats
Getting started in learning post-production first involves understanding the different photography formats out there and knowing which format your camera uses. By default, all cameras use the JPEG file format, which needs no introduction as it is the most widespread file format for photos that is used today. And being the most available format, by default also, all photos you take on your camera are stored as JPEG files.
Then there is RAW, a file format usually available in DSLRs and other more advanced camera which provides uncompressed, most faithful rendition of images. RAW format is most recommended for post-processing work as you can make the necessary adjustments or changes in your image while leaving the original image intact, something that would be useful in instances when you have to revert the image to an earlier point in time before changes were made.
- Knowing the software you will use
For post-production work on images, there are mainly two programs that are widely used by those working on digital images: Photoshop and Lightroom. While both programs basically do the same job which is editing photos and having some of the same basic functionalities, (not to mention both are created by the software company Adobe) they work differently and have different tools and attributes in doing this task. Photoshop is the software for more extensive and complex editing work like adding filters, stitching images, and add other effects that may be needed to be done. Lightroom on the other hand is a more simple program that lets you process and edit RAW images, something that Photoshop cannot do.
- Reading the data on the software
Regardless of whether you will be using Photoshop or Lightroom, the interface both programs use have some similarities. Specifically, both programs provide a histogram view where you can get the lighting and color balance qualities of the image you are working on. The histogram will give you a good idea whether the image you are working on in overexposed or underexposed and whether the editing you have made gave more “balance” to the photo in question.
- The basics on corrections
Each program has its own tools to be used in correcting images; it is important to learn these tools for your post-production work, depending on the software you will use. Nevertheless, it is important to never overdo whatever corrections you wish to make on the photo, lest it would adversely affect the quality of the photo itself.
Also, it is a good practice to be precise in using the tools available, making sure you are applying the needed work on the right area of the photograph, or it may affect also the image quality, for example, of the photos you took as a bristol wedding photographer.
As always, you should continuously learn and hone your skills in post-processing as to be expected of someone who would be extensively working on digital images. Through constant learning and practice work, you will get to not only appreciate post-processing as an important step in the overall photography work but also be more adept in enhancing the image quality of your photos.