The Challenge of Photo Editing
I love to take a photograph straight from a digital camera and make it more beautiful by editing it. It can be very frustrating and defeating though when I just can’t make it work. But when I can, it’s very rewarding. Take this photo for example from Tim and Suzette’s wedding. James and Kelly, who are very good photographers, took this shot in our church sanctuary. After seeing photos from several weddings taken in our sanctuary, I am beginning to wonder if ANY camera can get a good color-balanced shot! 95% of the time they turn out terrible! Roll your mouse over the photo below and you’ll see the original untouched image — SOOC — which stands for “straight out of camera”. I think it’s the carpet in the sanctuary… it just somehow confuses the sensors in the camera. It takes a very orange photo, which is a monster to edit and balance out correctly.
To get this photo to look good, I had to use some techniques I’ve just recently learned. I actually had to use a special CLAHE function and convert the photo to black and white, then using the same function, blend it with the original photo to bring the color back in until it looked right. So even though you can’t tell, this photo is actually the original SOOC image blended with a special black and white image. Pretty cool, huh? I think so. Now, this image is far from perfect, but at least I was able to save it and use it, because it is a GREAT shot of the girls!
I’ll continue to share from time to time my photo editing adventures!