I was just thinking about part of Djoran’s original posting here; How much post-processing do you do?
Let me repost the part that got me thinking here:
1. How do you know that you can you have an image that looks marginal coming straight out of the camera and know that you can turn it into a really compelling image in post-production? I’m thinking of more than the 2 minute job of minor tweaks, pre and post sharpening, cropping, etc. Rather it is recognizing that you have a “diamond in the rough” that can be turned into a real gem with a bit of work.
2. Do you every look at a scene and understand that it will not come out of the camera looking great, but then shoot it in such a way that you can unlock its potential in post? This could mean taking a number of shots of the scene, perhaps using HDRI or other post-processing techniques.
I’ll use one of the examples I posted in one of my earlier responses in the thread I’ve referred to:
This is the original image (actually one of several hand-held shots)
These were taken deliberately to produce this in post:
1. How do you recognize that you really have a real gem of a capture, in spite of what your initial reaction is when you see what appears to be a marginal, or even downright awful looking your image straight out of the camera?
2. Do you ever deliberately shoot a sub-standard scene or subject knowing that it is the best you can do, given the circumstances and that you can fix it in post and come up with something that is quite compelling?