To Shop or not to Shop?
From time to time I dabble with photography. I really enjoy taking my camera about with me and seeing what I can see, or making my friends do daft things:-
I also enjoy editing them afterwards. But how much ‘Shop is too much?
I have a pretty decent camera setup – it’s not a fancy Canon or a billion dollar lighting rig but it’s a moderately decent Sony (who else? – I work for them!) with a variety of lenses and fancy bags. Because bags are VERY important.
As a general rule of thumb, I ‘Shop until my heart’s content, then admit to myself that the New-And-Improved shot is in fact a distorted and mangled beast, when compared to the original. So why bother?
Well, it’s all in the nuances.
A gentle tweak here and there can really make a dull shot shine; although I do subscribe to the adage that you cannot polish a turd. Not even a really hard one.
At the time of photo editing, with my numerous apps open, flicking between them all – Photoshop, Lightroom, SnapSeed, Photo Bag 2, etc etc. I feel like a god, sculpting my very own version of reality. Sometimes I go to absurd lengths…
“Does the lake HAVE to be blue? Really?”
“What? the sky was alway a post-apocalyptic orange and green…”
But then there are times when you can use your powers for good, not evil, and create cool effects on an otherwise ho-hum photograph:-
ooh everything’s all small and stuff!
You can also stitch together multiple shots to create this bonkers effect:-
In this instance, I figured the audience probably knows the photo isn’t real –not unless my friend Damian is secretly an octuplet and the whole clan randomly decided to do an incredibly dangerous simultaneous bungee jump. So, a bit of flitering and “Hyper-Real” effects should hopfully not confuse the viewer.
This looks a bit crack-inspired, but it is pretty cool. Thanks, Photoshop
I think that is my style: Hyper-Real. But there is a fine line between Hyper-Real and down right fugly, ham-fisted photoshopping. And man, have I been guilty of that! (see above, and here’s one more for good measure)
“What? Spanish sea is just different from here”
So yeah, the point of this blog is just basically… I need to get back to my roots. I don’t want to get washed upon the rocks with the Instagram tide.
More of this:-
Less of this shit… WHAT.. was I thinking?! :-