There is a lot of time and effort that goes into editing one photograph. With the age of digital, photographers are given greater creative elasticity with their images. Some view this as the corruption of the digital era; personally I can appreciate both film and digital as being almost independent of one another. I must say that I miss how it felt to get a roll of film developed, but I don’t miss opening that package of prints are realizing they were all blank. There is something to be said for the amount of stress that goes into photographing a subject. Often photographers are the mercy of the elements, we must adapt with what were are given and the limited amount of equipment we are able to carry on our back, or in my lucky case, my wife’s back.
This photo is a picture of my cousin’s son, who I had the pleasure of photographing on location in Emery County Utah this past July. There just so happened to have been no cloud clover that day, so it was very bright out that day. We improvised by using natural shade and a white scrim. This was naturally shot without a flash. As you can tell from the original jpg. the colors were very saturated. I desaturated the RAW file and opened up the shadows. The final two images were a combination of some face and eye touch ups with an overall sharpening action, subtle vignette, and a vintage coloring pallet.
I am going to blog more posts of this nature in the new year describing my workflow and editing process. Currently, I use overlays to add texture to my vintage images.