So . . this week’s 52 Project Theme was the digital darkroom. I often get asked how much I “do” to my photos from when I download them to the computer unti my clients see their final gallery. For an average 2 hour client session I can spend anywhere from 2-6 hours sitting at the computer individually editing every shot that I feel is my best work. First of all I shoot in Raw. For those that aren’t camera savvy it’s basically the format you take the photo in – a jpeg is a compressed version of a raw image – raw straight out of camera is basically a negative . . it’s got all the info I need, but in NO way is it ready to be hung on your wall! As a general rule, I will always need to increase my exposure, enhance colours or sometimes decrease saturation of colours, increase the blacks, and get rid of any distractions that may have been caught in the corners or the background of my shots. Client sessions (and rescue sessions for that matter) are not rehearsed, often I need to get rid of leads, drool, eye goobies, the seconds dog’s tail in the corner of the shot . . editing is a HUGEEEE part of my style – it’s like my signature & I know it’s part of what makes my work unique.
Here’s a shot of the beautiful Daisy & Zoe from a shoot last month – you can see the first image is dull, and Zoe’s lead is cutting straight through what is otherwise a beautiful pic of the two together (Zoe was kept on a long lead for the entire shoot as she quite likes to chase seagulls . . and not come back :p)
I’m happy to report Daisy & Zoe’s parents chose this finished image as part of their order – it will look fabulous on the walls of their gorgeous home
Please head on over to the awesome Boston Dog Photographer – Blue Amrich and see what magic she creates in her digital darkroom! Remember to keep clicking on the links until you get back here