I love my HDR photography. But I love not doing HDR more. Why? This surely does not make sense?
Well check out this image. Yes I know I posted one very similar but I still love this shot so why not!!
In this post I explain exactly how I processed this picture of Lindos in Lightroom
White balance – daylight
Contrast + 55
Whites and blacks – I select shift and click on each and let Lightroom pick them for me – why not?
Detail – sharpening using my pre-set applied on import +50
Lens corrections – done using a pre-set on import
Effects – a very minor vignette.
That’s is it.
This edit took me a minute give or take. Just a single image, no HDR, nothing else.
A very visual edit to get an image that I like.
So why does this work? Because it is an interesting subject, photographed from an interesting viewpoint, which I have managed to record technically correctly so all the information is there.
Which surely is what photography is all about?
I have written before about my obsession, well that may be a bit harsh, more like overemphasis on the Lightroom/ Photoshop side of photography. Having realised that I spend less time in Lightroom and Photoshop and more time thinking about what I am photographing, and how I am going to photograph a subject.
If I get a few images that I want to keep and share from a shoot somewhere I am happy these days, and my image capture thought process starts with this in mind – I do not want to capture everything in a scene.
This goes out of the window a bit when you are at such a location as the Acropolis in Rhodes, but I took less photos there this year than last year, and of less subjects, which is interesting.
Thanks for reading this post, and I look forward to posting another new image tomorrow on my blog.