Fine-tune your image in post with Photoshop
once i’ve uploaded all raW images i will go through the star system in photoshop Bridge to select the images i want to process.
Before opening the first file i want to start work on, i will make a duplicate of the image as an easy-access backup.
in this image i had a lot of dark shadowy areas, so i have lightened these by moving the shadows dial to the right.
in photoshop i used the clone tool to copy nearby areas over any unwanted bits. change the size and strength of the tool to fit the area.
the levels function will lift the image and make my blacks darker. take care not to over-push the highlights and lose detail.
With this tab take a snapshot of every stage when you feel satisfied and you can jump back to that or compare shots at different stages.
AFTER the final image processed is punchy and maintains the detail as it was shot. With a bit of clone magic the photograph is complete. the proof is then in the print to follow. Build a relationship with a professional printer so that they know what...
BEFORE the image is shot in-camera with as much detail as possible. highlight and shadow control is in the studio lighting. i then concentrate on the composition and story behind it. in my mind i know how the image will look after post-processing.