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Description: This was captured with my phone during an evening stroll on the amazing Brewster Flats on Cape Cod during a Summer evening stroll with some friends. I liked the story this one told, but it needed a lot of work.
Editing Comments: First, it needed to be cropped to draw more attention to the people.
Next, some of the foreground details needed to be obscured because they didn't add anything and they drew attention away from the people. I used a little motion blur (a tool I often use for this purpose) to accomplish that.
Finally, it needed some "color grading" to, well, make it look nicer. Color grading - to harmonize the look of an image, or more fully create a mood - is for me the final, and one of the most important, step in the editing process.
Bracketing simply means taking a series of photos rapidly in a row with slight variations. These exposures can then be combined an any number of ways to create an image that contains a widewr rnage of information than any single frame.
The most common type of bracketing is exposure bracketing, where the photographer uses different shutter speeds to take a sequence of photos with different brightness levels.
Bracketing can also refer to focus rather than exposure. In this case ‚Äì ‚Äúfocus bracketing‚Äù ‚Äì you‚Äôre shooting images in sequence that are focused at different distances.
In theory, bracketing can refer to almost any variable in photography ‚Äì even something like composition ‚Äì but exposure and focusing are the most common contexts.
Color grading is the process of editing the color, saturation, and contrast of an image, usually to create specific moods in a photo.
Color grading can be one of the most impactful tweaks you can make to your work once it‚Äôs been shot. Color, like lighting, affects a mood and feel of a photo, which can obviously have a significant impact on how people respond to an image.
RAW contain all the imaging data from your camera sensor ‚Äì meaning maximum image quality and editing flexibility.
For example, RAW photos have a lot of latitude for recovering dark shadows. A RAW image that appears severely underexposed usually still has enough detail to recover a usable image in post-processing.
The two main downsides of RAW compared to JPEG are that RAW files take up more space, and they almost always require post-processing in order to look good. By default, RAW photos are very dull when you open them in most editing software).
Your eyes automatically adjust to different light sources, but a camera can‚Äôt do that‚Äîthat‚Äôs why sometimes you take an image and it looks very blue or very yellow.
White balance is what a digital camera uses to remove unrealistic colour casts when taking a photograph. You often find that photographs taken under fluorescent lights, for example, have a strange blue colour cast to them ‚Äì this can be corrected by adjusting the white balance settings on the camera.
If the white balance has been adjusted accordingly, objects that appear white in person will look white in the photograph.