Video Quickie: Post-Processing Workflow

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Post-processing can be very difficult for many photographers.  Partly a question to time (which most of us don’t have a lot of these days!) and partly a question of skill (we are always learning and improving our skills, or feels like I am anyways!).

This video quickie is designed to show you my post-processing workflow.  This workflow is just the development module in Lightroom and some post-processing in Photoshop.

Augh, yet another video on post-processing?

Humm . . . yea!

The reason why is quite simple.  We follow those photographers who have a similar (not the same, hopefully!) style to our own.  I learn best from those whose style is similar to my own. This allows me to quickly use those tricks and tips I get from those photographers in my own post-processing.

In this video quickie I process an image I took while at the Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff (I have another article I wrote about the Arizona Snow Bowl, you can see the link below).  This image is of a forest path coated with fallen golden aspen leaves. I like this photograph. And I hope that you enjoy this video.

Here is a comparison between the two images.  This first image is just a unprocessed jpeg of the raw file from my camera.  As I do not use any picture profiles on my camera, this is straight out of my camera without any in-camera processing.  The image is very flat and colorless.

Photograph of the forest path at the Arizona Snowbowl before any post-processing. Photograph of the forest path at the Arizona Snowbowl before any post-processing.

This is the photograph after post processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop.  As you can see, the image is more colorful and flat like the raw file.  This photograph has some texture to it that I think makes it work as a photograph.

Forest path photograph after post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Forest path photograph after post-processing in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

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David Cote

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens. Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but waiting to see if Sony comes out with a 'A9' before I upgrade) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times! Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

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