Monday, November 22, 2010

More practice...

...in which I learn that the camera's built-in "black and white" setting is better than monkeying around with the software I have....


I think Will Connell would like this one better, though I'd still prefer a darkroom and the necessary tools to put my knowledge of classic film processing and printing techniques to good use. Software? Phooey!

On the other hand, there are instances when a little color does help, "story"-wise...



One thing hasn't changed from my days of film photography to the Digital Age: I still don't want to mess around much after taking a photo. It has always been my objective to get the shot right in the camera and then do only what's necessary to put the image in viewable form.

PARENTHETICAL HEY-I-FORGOT-WHAT-I-WANTED-TO-TELL-ALL-Y'ALL NOTE: Anyone who loves (or even likes) photography  and history needs to bookmark www.shorpy.com and go there at least once a day! I know of no other place on the Interwebz that displays such a stunning array of photos. You could stare at the "full-size" images all day, picking out the tiny details. At least I could....

4 comments:

Doug said...

Practice? I don't think you've forgotten anything. Both shots are terrific.

I play with gamma or contrast for a lot of shots, but I don't mess with High Dynamic Range, split toning, etc. (nor do I have the capable software).

IrfanView and an old program for Windows 3.1 is all I use.

MrScribbler said...

Doug -- a mild crop and perhaps lightening or darkening is the extent of what I did with these photos. I have a simple program (came with the now-departed Canon camera), and I'm a simple dude....

The only thing that might tempt me (money permitting) would be a program that lets me work the gray scale on B&W shots the way I could in a darkroom....

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

I agree...I try to take the best picture I can without planning to manipulate it. Love Shropy!

Dorrie said...

except for croping or re-sizing I usually don't do any adjusting to photos... the original is usually the best, everything else is fake.