I started taking pictures and attaching them to my blog about three years ago. At the beginning I thought it was a very simple thing to do. Buy a P&S camera, go out and find interesting subjects to photograph. All you had to do was taking advantage of a clear bright day and a subject willing to pose for the camera. You pressed the shutter button and voila, that was it. No big deal.
Boy was I wrong. As I immersed myself into the world of photography, the universe kept expanding and expanding. There was so much to learn. Photography involved a lot more than clicking a button on a bright day.
The Internet was an outstanding source of information. I started to read about great photographers and studied their work. Some of these classic photographers are:
- Henry Cartier-Bresson
- Sam Abell
- Galen Rowell
- Yousuf Karsh
- Steve McCurry
- Diane Arbus
- Mary Ellen Mark
- Annie Liebovitz
- Ansel Adams
- Richard Avedon
- Robert Frank
- Helmut Newton
- Irving Penn
When I feel let down and the muses are making fun of my work, I usually turn to Ansel Adams and Henry Cartier-Bresson. They always cheer me up and show me the way to start working on my craft. I’m still hanging in there, striving to create better photographs and understanding the challenges that lie ahead.
Besides learning how to shoot pictures using techniques such as Aperture, Lighting, Composition, Portraiture, Landscaping, Framing, Macros, Rule of Thirds and so on and so forth; a second phase is necessary to finish the job. This phase is known as Digital Photo Edition or Darkroom.
Image editing encompasses the processes of altering images, whether they be digital photographs, traditional photochemical photographs, or illustrations. Graphic software programs, which can be broadly grouped into vector graphics editors, raster graphics editors, and 3D modelers, are the primary tools with which a user may manipulate, enhance, and transform images. Many image editing programs are also used to render or create computer art from scratch.
Most photographers prefer to do their darkroom work using the following image edition software: Lightroom 5, Photoshop, Aperture, Picasa, Gimp, and Photomatix. After researching the subject, I decided to try Photomatix. It is not as intimidating as Lightroom 5 or Photoshop. In addition, it has a reasonable price. For the time being, I’ll continue editing my pictures with a free software called Pixlr. This is the tool I’ve used for the last three years. The results are fine, but I want to move on to a more sophisticated software. I think Photomatix will do the job.
Below are several photographs edited before including them here as finished products. They are not exactly excellent pictures, but that’s my best output. Obviously, there’s a lot of work ahead. I’m fully aware of that.
Suggested Reading: “Adding Tone and Contrast to a Single Image” by Richard Harrington (Photofocus)