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9 out of 10 photos on this blog are unenhanced, unedited, uncropped. They represent the photo I took. For years, I have resisted editing my photos. I want them to look as natural and real as possible and so many edited photos I see out there look plastic to me. The colors are too bright, too vibrant. The clarity just too much. Some end up looking cartoonish.

But all too frequently, I started to notice that a lot of photos I was taking simply didn’t reflect what I actually saw when I took the picture. The colors too faded, washed out. Shadowy areas much darker and less distinct than in reality.

So, occasionally, I’ve started tinkering with pictures. Just increasing the color a bit, or the light, or both, and enhancing the clarity. What I’m trying to do is use the editing tools to create the picture I saw while not turning them into an unbelievable riot of color.

Below are three versions of the same picture. The first is what my camera produced. The colors in the sky are far less than what I saw when I took the picture.


The second is what I produced using the basic photo editing software on my laptop. I brightened the colors, but lost the foreground.

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The third is taking that initially enhanced photo and running it through the auto enhance feature on Photo Shop Express. The colors remain, but the light in the foreground is returned, bringing the entire picture to what I saw that night in San Simeon. I’m still trying to figure out how clicking on one “button” on the app can do this.

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4 responses to “Photoshopping

  1. Carrie Rubin July 14, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Another gorgeous shot you’ve captured. Other than cropping, I don’t really tinker with my pictures either, but sometimes I’ll lighten a photo if it’s too dark. What you’ve done here really enhances an already beautiful photo.

  2. Berthold Gambrel July 14, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Very nice job. I often find that raw photos just don’t do justice to what I see with my naked eye.

  3. Audrey Driscoll July 14, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I’m the same — most of my photos are unenhanced. But you guys are right — sometimes the camera image is disappointing. It’s usually when there’s a lot of contrast. And some blue flowers just don’t look right.

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