Behind the scenes: postproduction
Before and After
For us photographers, there is much more to creating an image than just snapping a photo. There is the process of planning and scouting to create a certain image before we even touch the camera gear. When taking a photo, I already know if it is going to be black and white, what kind of feel I am going for, and what adjustments I will apply to get a certain look for that photograph.
The reason photographers don’t give out their original raw files is because that is not the final image we had in mind when we shot it. Some photographers do only minor adjustments while others may find their work is just beginning. Many photographers are known for their style and photo treatment after the image is taken and that is their brand. It could be a photograph changed to fine art or a photographer known for strong, contrasted black and white images. It is their signature product and most of their work starts after the image is taken.
For other photographers, the editing is not as critical, however they still use the basic adjustments to tweak the image to their liking and style.
I thought I would pull out a few images so you can see the difference before and after editing. By photographing in raw format, I’m able to have complete control over how the final image will look. The camera has it’s own default settings that are applied when you shoot in jpg. Colour saturation, contrast, and sharpness are all automatically adjusted making it more difficult to control in the editing process. A raw file is stripped of all those settings so that’s why they are more dull and not appealing when exported from the camera. By starting in raw, the photographer can apply their own setting during the editing process bringing the image to it’s rich and eye appealing potential.