Q

“I was just wondering what (if any) post-processing you tend to do? All of your photos have a very good, distinct, look about them that I can’t quite put my finger on. They seem bright but not too vibrant, with great contrast, and they all just seem to pop without standing out too much… If you know what I mean!” – Ben

A

Is there a particular photo you have in mind? I don’t fiddle too much in post-processing, I’m really conscious of not over-doing it. I once wrote about my basic image editing process in Aperture to give a photo ‘pop’, but for those with different tones I play around with curves, layers and opacity in Photoshop (I’ll go over this in more detail in the future seeing as a couple of people have now requested it).

For a photo like this, I made minor adjustments to contrast, saturation etc in Aperture — really simple. For this photo, I took it into Photoshop and played around with curves and different layers (What is it with me and dogs?).

 
 

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  1. I’d been thinking of asking a very similar question. I’ve been thinking your lenses must have some bearing on it; the light in some of your outdoor shots (with narrow DOF) seems to have a nice translucent, almost buttery, feel to it.

    I’ve tried (and failed) to recreate an effect like this shot with my 50mm f1.8 mounted on a DX sensor:

    http://girlwithacamera.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Terrace-Lane.jpg

    Did you use a longer focal length (I know you’ve got a full frame camera)? And are those colours straight out of the camera?

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