It feels good to have one assignment down for one of my classes at Newhouse. It also feels amazing to have the photos I took for the assignment printed and then hold the physical copy of it in my hand rather than looking at it digitally.
That is one thing about my advanced studio lighting class that I really am excited about. We are required to print the photo we took for each assignment.
The first assignment was simple. We had to produce three still life images - all the same set up - but with three lighting concepts. Easy.
Well, after the photo shoot, I had to edit the photos in post-production. During my editing process, I played around with color and color correction, specifically in the color of the yellow roses. I will be taking a look at a pair of images that show one of the three lighting concepts in this blog. In the two images above, you will see the RAW image (right) and the edited image (left).
Let's take a look at the RAW image first:
I like how there is a deep contrast between the red and yellow against the black background. The yellow is saturated and really makes the image pop. There is a bit of spunk and the mood of the image is more fun and uplifting. In comparison to the edited photo, this one has a harshness to it that the edited photo does not have. Usually, my photos tend to have this type of quality to them especially because I like to bump up on the contrast. That is just my preference.
Now, let's take a look at the edited image:
After playing around with the color and saturation, the mood and tone of the image is completely different from the original. With the yellow flowers now looking more white or even creme colored, the mood and tone of the image is more elegant. The metal necklace definitely adds to that overall tone. There is also a softer feel to the photo.
It was very difficult to come to a decision between the two when it came down to submitting the images for my class. In the end, I chose the image with the whiter looking flowers. I feel like that photo speaks to me more than the original. I also like the more delicate and elegant look of the image which is what I was going for.
Photo editing is not as easy as it seems. I am not sure if I will ever be able to make decisions quicker in choosing images as a photo editor but I am hoping that this class, along with other ones I am taking, will allow me to build the skills a photo editor must have.