Before and After

I don’t usually do much Photoshopping of the pictures that I take. I shoot in RAW and I post-process, but that’s only using Canon’s free Digital Photo Pro app, and usually the only thing I really do in there is sharpen and tinker with white balance.

But for the photo shoot I did of my coworkers grandkids a couple of Fridays ago, I knew I’d need more than just a couple of quick adjustments in DPP to get anything I was really happy with. The shoot’s conditions were less than ideal (rain caused a move indoors, I didn’t have a wide enough angle lens to capture two small moving objects in a small living room so I spent a lot of the shoot with my back pressed against the wall, and I suck at using my flash, but I didn’t have much of a choice since I was indoors and the lighting wasn’t great.)

Photoshopping these things was fairly time-consuming. I’m not that great with Photoshop to begin with, and I’m stubborn and picky, so a job I thought was going to take 3-4 hours instead took around 8. (But hey, I finally understand what curves are in Photoshop and how to use them! Go me!) in At 4:30 this morning I finally hit submit on the blog post prior to this and turned off my laptop, more or less happy with what I had (and slightly paranoid that I’d look at the pictures in daylight and realized I’d over-processed them… Hey, I’ve done that before!)

But as the day wore on, I glanced at them a couple of times, and I was still satisfied with what I’d come out with, so I decided to post a few before and after pictures just so y’all could see just how bad they were when they came off the camera compared to the final product.

I don’t normally openly solicit comments on here, but if you wanted to comment on this particular post about what you thought worked and didn’t, please do. :-) After this post, I’ll have one more post with pictures from this shoot, and I have kind of a fun one planned for that. So stay tuned… whenever I get around to it. :-)

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  1. Joel!

    I like the one in the old wooden outdoor chair, but I think it would be better in color. The pink & blue are great and really stand out and in BW the pink shirt is… blah.

    Great job Kari.

    Apr 12, 2010 @ 9:39 pm


  2. Kari

    Heh… I just realized that all but one of those are in b+w. I actually have both color and b+w versions of all of those for my coworker… I just posted the b+ws here b/c they're the ones I liked the most and were the most processed overall.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment, Joel. :-)

    Apr 13, 2010 @ 8:31 am

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