Assignment #13 – Intro to Editing

Due January 12.

Why edit photos?

Our eyes and brains work together to give us superior scenes but there are limitations capturing this with a camera. A photographer can optimize exposure by knowing how a camera performs under different lighting scenarios but editing can help with some those problems.

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Our eyes:

  • Have vastly more contrast and dynamic range than any camera or monitor
  • Have better low light sensitivity and can see the darkest shadows and not be blinded by brighter lights in the field of view.
  • Are connected to a brain which fills in missing visual information or joins separate information into one clear picture  better than any camera processor.
  • Do not suffer from angle or depth distortion.

If you would like to see examples or read more about the science behind why:”What you see is not what you photograph.”  click here.

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Editing can include:

  • Straightening subjects
  • Cropping
  • Adjusting levels (Contrast, Shadows, Highlights)
  • Sharpen/Clarity (These levels are different for viewing vs printing)
  • Saturation (To match what the eyes see or even push further)

Image result for what you see vs what camera sees

Your assignment is to take one of your old assignment photos and crop it in a way that makes the photograph look different and still uses the rules of composition.  Email both photographs with your name, date and assignment information.  This is due January 12.



Below are some before and after landscape photos of Puerto Rico.