In workshop 6, we were instructed on the methods of taking RAW file photographs and their usefulness in better capturing detail and improving picture quality. RAW file images are also better for post-production work as they contain more information per pixel than JPGs (more information to manipulate therefore more editing options.) As my phone’s camera is quite a downgrade from DSLR cameras, I will attempt to use a better camera during the week and take some better RAW file photos so that I can edit them and post them here to better improve my research.
This first image was taken using my Android S8 using a RAW file setting. I thought that the car and the boat were quite dark and not will coloured so I attempted to fix this in post-production. I also felt that there was a general grey undertone to the image so I aimed to improve the vibrance, saturation and contrast using Photoshop.
In post production, using Photoshop, I attempted to brighten the image using the Brightness/Contrast and Exposure adjustment layers. I set the brightness to 24 and the contrast to 19, brightening the image while ensuring the clouds we still visible. I then set the exposure to -0.28, the offset to +0.0042 and the gamma correction to 1.02. To add some colour to the image, I used the Vibrance and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers. I set the vibrance slider to +18, the saturation slider to +20. I then also set the hue to +12, the other saturation slider to -3 and the lightness slider to +3. This brought out the colour of the grass, the boat and the car while subtly brightening the background, thus making the image more aesthetically pleasing.
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