When Does Post-Production Make a Photo Better?

October 19, 2014  •  1 Comment

This past week I have been involved in an online discussion with some other photographers about painting effects on photographs. I've decided to use this week to explore when post production makes a photograph better. I'm not just talking about fixing blemishes or softening wrinkles. I talking about using filters or other artistic alterations to photographs. I shall explore a few methods and results and reasons. 

Today's first image was taken of a model in a castle in Italy. I have always like the photograph because the lighting was so perfect, but there are some offensive details in the image that I never wanted to work to correct. This year Photoshop has included an oil paint filter which is very easy to use and, if you know what you are doing, you can create interesting changes that make your images become even more story-like, which you know I'm all about!

The second image I shot in Tennessee. I think this image is great as is, but wanted to see what would happen to the trees if I turned it into a painting. I wasn't totally satisfied with just the oil paint filter, so (for you Photoshop lovers) I created another layer, used glowing edges filter, inverted it and made it a partially transparent overlay layer. Now I think a great photo is also a great painted image.


What you do think? Do you like one but not the other? What do you like about it or them? What do you dislike?


Gladys Springer(non-registered)
I like the originals ones.
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