The other day when I was shooting sessions I finally remembered to take a before and after shot, to help illustrate the difference between a “straight-out-of-the-camera” shot and one that has had a little professional attention. I think it helps to understand what the difference is in the images that you get from a photographer who sells you a CD of images without any post-processing for a much lower cost (because they don’t have to factor in the time, among other things). Sometimes that is all you need, but sometimes you are going to want images that are much more polished.
Here is one I snapped of the Richey kids (more of them later) – straight out of my camera, perfect exposure but no additional contrast or sharpening. This is what you could get with a regular dslr. It looks pretty good because the kids are cute and have big smiles, but if you look past that you can see that it will be rather muddy and lackluster in print:
Now I actually made some adjustments to my custom camera settings before I snapped this one, did a little processing, and now we have this – still have cute kids but now the image is vibrant, sharp, and much more suitable to hang in your home :
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