Before digital photography, only professionals could transform our push of a button into pictures on photographic paper and they were making the transformation in a “dark room”, avoiding halation of the film.
Photographic courses were not complete without the knowledge of dark room techniques.
With the upcoming of digital cameras which have lots of storage space, each and every one of us can become an expert in a “Light room”, post-processing digital photos. It’s being called Light room processing because to print pictures by digital camera, one doesn’t require a dark room.
It can be developed anywhere at anytime. Digital post processing techniques provide an opportunity to photographers to bring out best in their photographs with maximum visual impact.
A magic room right there
The light room can be anywhere we place our computer (or notebook) and actually is the computer itself. Using all kind of software, with a decent hardware configuration that allows handling of high resolution images, we can radically transform a simple snapshot into an artistic photography.
Specialized software are developed to correct possible aberrations or defects, to emphasize or decrease light or colors, hide unwanted details or even add some. Some of the software most commonly used are Picassa, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe light room etc.
The post processing software improves the quality of photo and helps us to easily manage and organize photographs from the comfort of home.
You can even take prints of your photographs at home. All that is required is good quality photographic paper and a good quality printer.
Charming way to improve pictures
It is said that the quality of a photo doesn’t depend on the quality of the camera; it depends only on the creativity of the photographer.
There are three basic steps present for post processing of digital photographs. First one is cropping which is reassembling the photograph according to your need like the removal of background. Second is the fixing exposure of the photo to check for under or over exposure.
Last step is increasing the contrast which requires adjusting the tones of colors in photographs leading to dramatic improvement in quality of photographs.
The result after editing a picture in the white room can be amazing to such an extent that even the photographer will be tempted to take just snapshots and will not try to take the most out of the camera’s capabilities. But who said that post-processing isn’t a way of art itself?