Post processing can be a very intimidating topic, but it doesn’t have to be.
Today we will discuss post processing at a very high level.
There are many softwares that you can use for post processing. I use Lightroom and absolutely love it. Aperture is another software used by many but I haven’t used it all that much. I am not sure if there is a good equivalent open source software like Lightroom. These are relatively basic image editing and library management softwares.
Then there are advanced softwares like Photoshop and an open source FREE software called GIMP. In both these softwares, you can use layers and other advanced features to process your images to a great extent. I don’t have enough patience to use these tools and tricks.
Of all the tools you can use in post processing, there are few that you should absolutely know how to do. Here are those three adjustments -
Adjusting exposure – Learn how to change exposure, technically different than brightness, but some tools use it interchangeably.
Adjusting white balance – White balance is important setting in food photography. Color of food can make food unappetizing when the color is not exactly same. Remember the red cranberries?
Removing dust and other noise – Dust is something that invariably gets in the camera and can destroy the entire photo. Dust sometimes gets on the camera sensor or can be on lens as well. Yes clean your sensor and lens, but also learn how to remove this in post processing.
In coming days, we will discuss post processing in more detail.
The goal for today should be to start playing with post processing software. Today’s assignment will also be very straightforward.
We will slowly and simply ease in the post processing door. Let’s look at the assignment below.
Estimated time: 30 mins
Step 1 – The very first step for today’s assignment is to decide your post processing software. I use and highly recommend Lightroom. It simple and intuitive and love using it.
Step 2 – In your selected software, learn how to change white balance. Read help or go to software website to learn more about editing white balance.
Step 3 - Choose a photo to experiment this with. Set white balance to 5100Kelvin, save the photo. Change the white balance to 3500K and save. Now change white balance to 6000K. save the photo.
Step 4 – Post all these three photos and original photo in Facebook Group.
Step 5 – For some of you, this will take less than 5 mins to complete. For others who are not so experienced, it may take much longer. Please leave a comment below and give me feedback about this assignment. Was this too basic lesson? Or too challenging? Leave a comment with your thoughts about this assignment.