Post Processing in Digital Photography is equivalent to tuning a captured image in Mac version of Adobe Photoshop. Let us see how Mac and Photoshop plays the role. It is very important to understand that – It™s The Camera and Computer Not The Photographer That Matters in Digital Photography. The photographer’s creativity, optimized tools that includes a state of art computer with calibrated display, a good DSLR with a Prime Lens of required focal length and Adobe Photoshop, that creates a beautiful photoshop. If you are relative newer either to Digital Photography or this website; before reading this article on Post Processing in Digital Photography, know clearly that, we have more detailed articles on Digital Photography, the articles are written in an way, there has been a marriage of Physics, Neuroscience and Computing Part of Photography. Again and again, if you go to deviantArt and visit a good Photography group, you will notice a big thing – youngsters are representing more aspiring Photographs. Representing, because they all have been nicely post processed.
Post Processing in Digital Photography : Why Photoshop and Mac
There is practically no alternative software to Adobe Photoshop either for artistic creation or for Post Processing. You can go to Wikipedia and read about Photoshop to know who was behind this software. Basically; design wise, quality wise, there is no second competitor to Apple Mac – that is represented by the fact – the net profit of Apple is almost the sum of net profit of Microsoft and Google. That is actually not good because, Apple gets the chance to increase the price, add vendor lock-in.
Apart from the latest fact – there is a special version of Adobe Photoshop for Mac with Retina Display, which emphasizes a real new hardware standard which has pressurized from WordPress to go for Theme optimized for Retina Display to Adobe Photoshop to release a special version. Windows version of Photoshop works, definitely works, in fact I have created more creations (you can check my deviantArt Gallery by searching with my full name – Dr. Abhishek Ghosh) on Windows Photoshop than Mac Photoshop.
This a very useful article :
We agree with Gary, Windows users does views 50% of the color spectrum with compromised sRGB color profile. When I am using Windows, then I am an Windows user. Adobe Photoshop probably runs in an emulation mode on Windows (apparent from slower loading, exact folder structure and many things). Adobe uses their own color space. It is very important to understand the thing as we pointed before – Right Colors on MacBook™s Display. Mac (OS X), UNIX, Linux – all uses ICC color profiles, with a calibrated monitor, you will possibly get the exact result like on print. The reason behind why Windows uses sRGB is quite bad – Windows NT is actually a kind of theft OS from OpenVMS – an Server Operating System with GUI. At that time display was at quite immature stage. This fact basically explains why Windows is more vulnerable to Virus, Malwares etc. OpenVMS itself is very stable OS with practically no vulnerability. Probably the tries to change and branding the Kernal files kept an security loophole that is easy to exploit. We basically went a bit offtopic, but a complete knowledge is important. Apple’s OS X is basically a hybrid between UNIX and BSD with their own GUI. Apple and Microsoft shows a kind of fight in front, but actually that is an business strategy. Apple store sells or rather promotes Microsoft Office (Mac version), Bootcamp typically says – its for Windows, Microsoft hardwares like Arc Mouse has nicely developed driver package for Mac with Mac logo on the box.
So what we want to say is – Perfect setup for Post Processing in Digital Photography means Photoshop and Mac. Other setup is usable, but not the best setup. We who are too much enthusiastic, use hardware based monitor calibration. Mac (all – MacBook Pro to iMac) comes without the calibration. Because the person who is buying a luxury sedan, does have the gold chain; i.e. knows how to calibrate the monitor. Without calibration, if you work its difficult to create a perfect, universally exact looking creation of graphical thing or post processing photo.
Post Processing in Digital Photography : Things you need to know
Basically the very small editing easily done with Preview App in Mac :
In practice it becomes a little nifty function of Adobe Photoshop. But we are taking about higher level of Post Processing, that usually needs Adobe Photoshop CSx Entended. For perfect Post Processing in Digital Photography, you need to master Photoshop itself like a Pro. Otherwise spending so much money, will become useless.
The post processing is a vital part in creating an image. To get an image that expresses something, you have to work a bit. This should be done with intelligence and understanding to make photography not making something that has nothing to do with the reality.
Texture is a widely used resource in abstract photography, which can also give an interesting touch to concrete images. You just have to know where and how to use it. There is no rule in Photoshop, because it is for creating from inner sense. But these are the important points for Post Processing in Digital Photography though Photoshop :
- Hue and Saturation
- Lights and Shadows
- Lens Corrections (Starts with filters)
2. Highlighting the Picture
- Focus and blur (High Pass, Unsharp Mask, layers with different transparencies)
- Color Adjustment (plugins are available to automate)
- 3d Lighting (Layers, 3D rendering)
Here is a Post Processing in Digital Photography related tutorial, the credits are on the image. This kind of tutorial is quite usual in diviantArt :