Fil­ters ex­pert Ross Hod­dinott

Digital SLR Photography - - Expert Critique -

“How could any self- re­spect­ing pho­tog­ra­pher re­sist a calm, pris­tine beach, lovely re­flec­tions in the sand and at­trac­tive pas­tel tones? I like Neil’s sim­ple, yet ef­fec­tive com­po­si­tion. But, there is one ob­vi­ous is­sue with this shot – nasty colour fring­ing ( chro­matic aber­ra­tion) along the cliffs and on the edges of the rocks. This is eas­ily cor­rected in pro­cess­ing – for ex­am­ple, Light­room has a tool to au­to­mat­i­cally re­move fring­ing. I would also favour us­ing an op­ti­cal ND grad at the time of cap­ture, as op­posed to un­der­ex­pos­ing to protect high­lights. Noise is most preva­lent in shadow ar­eas, so if you in­ten­tion­ally un­der­ex­pose and then lighten the file in post, you in­crease noise. Fi­nally, to my eye, Neil has re­vealed a lit­tle too much de­tail in the cliffs when dodg­ing and burn­ing, giv­ing a slight HDR look. This might be what he wanted to achieve but, be­ing a bit of a tra­di­tion­al­ist my­self, would favour a slightly more nat­u­ral look.”

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