Let me begin this article by thanking each and every reader for the comments that you have posted over the past number of years on this photography blog – your input and comments are always appreciated! If it’s not too much trouble I would really appreciate feedback from as many of you as possible on the potential of me creating an eBook on post processing.
On a recent article one of our readers, Bernie McIlhatton, specifically suggested that I consider producing an eBook on post processing with emphasis on some of the things that I do in post with my images.
Writing about a topic like post processing can be a daunting task, especially since the marketplace is chock full of DVDs, CDs and books on this topic. I certainly do not consider myself to be anything close to an ‘expert’ on the use of any specific software programs so I am somewhat hesitant to take on an eBook project on post processing.
Having said that, I may be willing to create a post processing eBook as long as it stayed within particular parametres, and most importantly, would be helpful for readers.
Let’s look at a few sample images to try to illustrate a concept that my wife and I have been working on.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
First, here is a small ‘before and after’ comparison of a jpeg made from a RAW file without any corrections, and one that took less than 3 minutes in post to create.
Here are some larger images to give you a better view…
The first one is a jpeg made from a RAW file with the DxO PhotoLab auto corrections turned off.
Now, here is another jpeg from the same RAW file with the DxO PhotoLab auto corrections turned on.
The final image is a jpeg made from the same RAW file using DxO PhotoLab auto corrections, as well as some additional tweaks in PhotoLab, some adjustments in CS6, and a few tweaks in the Nik Collection. The total time to create the following image was less than 3 minutes including computer processing time.
So, I have a basic question for all of you. Would you be interested in an eBook about post processing that provided information on a limited number of very simple, easy-to-do adjustments that could help improve the look of your photographs? The eBook would not be a typical, highly technical dissertation about all of the highly complex adjustments that are possible. It would illustrate how using a very small number of adjustments can help improve an image. Obviously it would focus on the programs that I use: DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.
So, please let me know what you think and if this kind of eBook would be of benefit to you. Leave a comment on this article or contact me directly by email if you prefer. Thanks in advance for your insights!
April 22, 2018 Update for Readers
After receiving comments on this article and a surprisingly large number of personal emails from readers, my wife and I reviewed all of the feedback received. It became clear to us that there is insufficient interest to warrant producing a dedicated eBook on post processing. We do have a number of future eBooks planned, including ones covering bird photography, flower and garden photography, and landscape photography. As we develop those future eBooks we plan on including some subject specific information on post processing.
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