Saturday, November 1, 2008

Digital Darkroom

This is usually what a good, raw digital photograph looks like straight out of camera:aorig

What takes me so long to 'process' photos, is that I (a) find the diamond in the rough (example: this perfect photo came out of 322 tries) and then (b) turn the bland, full-of-digital-information negative into a full color palette with all the right highlights and shadows (for example, her face was too light and too bland in contrast with all the color around her, so that needed some digital magic. etc. etc.) and then (c) I have to choose from the different versions I come up with. Often times I give you all the options and make YOU choose what to print, so sorry, I can't help it that I'm indecisive.
A little cooler take, more drastic contrast:

This is the version I'm going to print. A BIG one:
(I changed my mind about her dress color :)


1 comment:

Andee said...

Alaina, I want so desparatley to learn how to do this exact type of thing. Did you do this in PhotoShop (of which I only have PS elements)? It looks fabulous and your photography just keeps getting better and better!!! I love to take pictures too but I lack 2 things 1)a nice DSLR camera 2) PhotoShop know how. I do my best with what I've got, but I know there is so much to learn. I can't afford the expensive camera right now, but I think even if I could get and learn to use PhotoShop like this it might help my pictures look more creative. Any advice would be so good if you get the chance. (I am Cameron & Candace's aunt Andee in case you were wondering who this is)!
Love the pictures!