I love the post processing, well process. I don't remember when the realization hit that photos don't "just look like that" straight out of the camera, but I knew it was a day I would never turn back. Since then, I've learned so much about transforming photos. My mind has always been addicted to learning. Not the kind that requires me to take a test or write a thesis, but real world, applied learning. I mean, Don't get me wrong, a lot of that stuff that I grew up thinking I'd never use has come in very handy...but I'd rather learn it when I need it.
I do believe in "getting it right straight from the camera." But reality is, post processing can take a beautiful photo into something spectacular. Now, this is where I've hit myself over the head. I've learned so much over the past many months especially reading, taking some great classes, and from other photographers, that I've delved too far into the world of post processing. Too far? Is that possible? Well, for me it is. I started to get away from enjoying the process, to doing everything I knew how to do to a photo. Overkill. Not necessarily in how the photo looks, but how much I was putting into each image. Somewhere along the way I forgot that I enjoyed this....I took step back and went back to the basics. I'm back to enjoying the process.
I wonder how many other photographers get into this rut. You learn more and do more...unnecessarily. So, back to basics for me means back to producing beautiful photos without too much fluff! Check out one of my favorites from the past, before I learned about all the fluff!
This photo had the most beautiful green reflection from the leaves of the grape vines. I wonder what I would have done to this photo with everything I have since learned. Carrie was absolutely spectacular in this shoot. It is one of my favorites (hmmm... I think I say this with every shoot, but it is so true, every shoot has it's own meaning and memories to me).