Continuing rambling about everyone being able to produce «perfect pictures» (See my previous post, Norwegian language only), here’s another excample of how a mediocre image with ten minutes of work in Aperture 3.0.3 can turn into more than acceptable images, challenging professional photographers and fooling amateurs into believing that they are better than they really are. Focus moves away from the process of taking the picture and on to postprocessing it.
Here I’ve taken an underexposed image from a short walk by the sea at Randaberg, imported into Aperture and used the adjustment brushes in three clean swipes.
I started with adjusting the exposure to get it to look more right. Then the dodge brush on field, the burn and then the polarizer brush to fix the sky, and finally using the blur brush to remove a white line that appeared in the area between the sky and the field.
Sometimes things are to easy, but if you take a closer look, noise appears quite cleary in the field part. A problem? Not really. We’ve got Nik Define for things like that, although I’ve opted not to use it here. There are limits to what we can allow ourselves to do with a picture. And the original? Well here it is: