The Subway to Coney Island with Daddy
I found this last night buried in a folder of images from my New York trip last year. The great thing about shooting in RAW is that you can recover a poorly exposed image in PP without losing a lot of detail.
Before. . . taken in the middle of the day so the light quality is poor, the white balance is off, the color washed out, the composition is too wide, the sky is boring, etc.
Another recovered image from last year's trip. The color image was dreadful.
Before. . . the composition is good and doesn't need to be cropped, the sky is blown out (too white) and therefore boring, there's some chromatic color distortion (purple fringing) in the cables, the foreground needs some fill light and some more contrast, etc.
Before . . . white balance is off, exposure is poor, details are lost in the shadows, the horizon is crooked, the color quality is poor, the sky is boring, etc.
Whitecliff Park, Crestwood, Missouri
Nikon D300 w/Nikon 12-24mm at 12mm
f22, 1/160 sec, ISO 200
Before. . . the color isn't bad, but the white balance is off a bit (too warm), the frame is too wide (needs to be cropped), there are some blemishes on the wall that need to be corrected, etc.
March 6, 2008
Before. . . the color quality is poor, the white balance is off (too cool), the sky is over exposed and the buildings underexposed, etc.
Lower Manhattan Sky
Before. . . this image has potential but big problems as it stands. This was taken off hand quickly so the horizon is crooked. Sometimes this looks good, but not here. The most important part of the image (the girls face) gets lost in the clutter, so it has to be cropped. The lighting is too bright. And more.
Before. . . the color quality is poor (needs more pop), there are distracting "things" in the background that need to be removed (the pole and something else on the right), the sky is boring, the image is poorly composed and needs to be cropped, etc.
FINALLY processed right!