The joy of photography comes when you are able to produce a concept that will amaze those that sees the visuals of it. When we take a look at today’s technology, there has been a marked improvement over what we used to have in the past. The technology of today has made photo editing pretty simple; if you have the technical depth, then you can achieve just anything that you so desired.
Our concern is to look at what photographers meet in the darkroom which constitutes a headache to achieving the results of their dreams. For each of the problem, we are taking it further by providing a possible solution for it. The aim is to make a better photographer out of you. It is time to make digital work for you.
Lack of Blacks : Blacks are very important in photography because of the huge influence that it wields for effective photography. When you are saddled with the burden of weak blacks, it will be a minus for photography and will frustrate photographers that are used to solid blacks from the film. There are reasons for this issue; they are connected to image flare; atmospheric effects; certain cameras will refuse to capture a solid black. Digital cameras have a weaker color because blacks and whites’ settings aren’t proper in the image.
Solution : Check the Black Threshold to set your blacks in Levels. Move your fingers to the Alt/Option key and hold it down. You will discover a threshold screen that reveals exactly what’s black. The settings of blacks are subjective; you have to decide what your photography needs. Experience on different approaches and get to see how the image changes. When the blacks get stronger, the photo gets darker.
You will need some midtone adjustment to overcome the issue. You can do same to the setting of the whites by using the Alt/Option key with the right, white slider. However, do not overdo things by making too many areas white. You are strongly advised to use the adjustment layer in carrying out the adjustments that have been described because it will allow for effective control of your photo editing.
Murky Midtones : The brightness and the luminosity of an image are very important. Midtones affect it and it is the next issue that you have to deal with after the issue of Blacks. It is the element that controls how the viewer sees colors. The adjusted shot brings us to a new era for color; new colors and tones that were not seen in colors before has now been exposed. Some photographers will claim that they want to shoot pure and will not have anything doing with this adjustment, pure doesn’t mean accurate in this case. Midtone adjustment is one of the keys to credible photo shot.
Solution : You are advised to adjust your midtones, there is a new adjustment made specifically for them. Make use of the middle slider of Levels to adjust the midtones; for better tonal control, you can use the Curves. It’s important that you make this adjustment after the blacks/whites as a separate adjustment. Get to see your midtones change separately from other adjustments.
The easy way to start using Curves is to open the adjustment, then click on the center of the diagonal line and move it up to lighten midtones, then down to darken it. Do not make too many adjustments to avoid breakup in your histogram and issues relating to banding.
Oversaturation : This is a process that can be likened to the mythological sirens that call photographs to their death racing on the rocks of severe, unnatural and highly intense colors for a scene. The digital images taken directly from the lens of the camera will not often match what photographers are used to in this era of colorful prints and slide films, there is the temptation to jump on the saturation adjustment; straight to Velvia look. This will actually lead to garish and unnatural-looking images. Do not use saturation blindly in an attempt to find Velvia colors.
Solution : You are strongly advised to limit the increase in saturation and color controls. If you use the two in moderation and in the right order, you stand the chance of getting more superior color in your photos. It will work best if you use it to adjust specific colors; do not make the whole photograph jump along the path of saturation. Keep the saturation change to between 10 to 15 points. If individual colors needed help; then go to the Edit > Master part of the Hue/Saturation dialog box. Click drop-down menu arrow, a list of colors will prop up. You can then select the color that is closest to the one that needs adjustment.
Monitor Calibration : If you want to achieve the best of results in photo editing; then you are not to joke with the power of calibrations. You must calibrate your monitors; the immediate step to gaining control over the process is to use monitor calibration which will give you a constant and predictable workspace. It will not guarantee a perfect print but it will save you money by getting you good prints faster and your color and tonal adjustments will be more accurate and predictable.
Solution : You will need monitor calibration kits to sail through. This kit includes a colorimeter/ tristimulus device which will you get mounted on your monitor, plus wizard-driven software to enable you do easy and efficient calibration on your monitor. You need to regularly recalibrate the monitor because it will drift in color and its tonality over time. The frequency of this will depend on the frequency of the monitor usage as well as the model you choose.
Conclusion : The digital problems mentioned above are some of the very common problems that you are likely to encounter in today’s concept of photo editing. The possible solutions that will help you get over it very easily have also been stated with the objective of bringing out the creative best out of your photo shoots.