Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Post Processing

People frequently ask about post-processing. When shooting in RAW format, there are really two ways in which post processing is used. The first is to convert the RAW image into what was there, or at least the way we remember it to be. This has to be done in order to convert the sensor data into an image. If you shoot in JPEG, the same thing must happen, only the camera does it for you. The second is to then potentially convert the image into something a bit beyond reality. To give it your own interpretation. This is art, not news documentary.

Often, I use post-processing to make an image appear the way I imagine it to be or to portray it with a certain feeling behind it. As an example, I thought I would use the Gargoyle image I posted a few days ago now that I have done some more work on it.

I wanted to make the viewer focus more fully on the gargoyle, so I darkened the background. In addition, I wanted the gargoyle to look 'scarier' so I brought out more of the detail in the statue and added a bit of toning as well. Subtle changes that I think make the image more effective, though not everyone may agree.

Gargoyle I - Initial Post Processing
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Gargoyle I - "Interpretive" Post Processing
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