Why pay a photographer? Digital darkroom secrets

February 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

My photography, like all professionals, is a process. Think about the old school film photography, the roll of film is a negative that the photographer then needed to develop. He took it into a dark room and made it his own. Each photographer had his flare in the dark room and out came the result, a piece of art really. No one asked a photographer back then for the roll of film, what were they going to do with it? and even if they did know what to do with it the end result was not going to be like the professional who added his flavour in the dark room.

This is true today. I take a photograph with let's call it a digital negative - the SD card is my roll of film - I then take those negatives into a software program, which is the modern dark room - a digital dark room - and I manipulate the image to my style, for example,  I like a bit of contrast, I like to brighten eyes, to desaturate certain areas, all of this is done AFTER I have taken the picture. I am making it a piece of art.

This is why I don't hand over my unedited digitals, they are only negatives, they have not been developed yet, if you are hiring me because you like my work, then it is the entire process that needs to happen. 

I will show you with this photograph of my daughter

This is the negative - right out of camera, no editing has been done to this image.

This is the shot after I have processed it. I have made it my own.

Rant over ;)

 

 

 


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