When you are composing a picture, always try to envision the end result - the image that you will create in the digital darkroom. Think about how you can control the color, contrast, sharpness and brightness of a scene. Also think about all-important cropping.
Here is a before-and-after example that illustrates this point. I took the original shot in Guizhou, China on my recent photography workshop.
Here are steps I took to create the opening image for this post:
• Opened the image in Adobe Camera Raw and made some basic enhancements.
• Changed the image to a pano in Photoshop by going to Image Size, unchecking Constrain Proportions, and then typing in a longer width.
• Converted the image to a B&W in Photoshop using the B&W adjustment.
• Used the Midnight filter in Nik Color Efex Pro.
• I did something else. Can you see?
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Explore the light - and explore your creativity,
P.S. All my workshops are listed here.