“Autumn is a second spring; where every leaf is a flower”- Albert Camus
In New York, this fall has displayed the most impressive colors I’ve ever seen. Just like for the spring blooms, the autumn leaves require right temperatures and the perfect amount of rain and sunshine to reach their full potential. Last year, Hurricane Sandy blew away most of the leaves before they reached their peak. It’s almost as if this year, the leaves worked extra hard to make up for last year and gave all of the storm sufferers something to look at to remind them of how we’re “stronger than the storm”, to quote New Jersey’s recent motto.
With some photos, I kept the colors a little duller. I like that effect. I think it pushes the mind to create its own imaginary, super-bright colors in the picture.
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Before I debut my post containing the majority of this season’s photography (It’s autumn here, for those of you living in the other hemisphere), I just wanted to show how editing can really improve a photo when you know what you want from it!
The first thing I noticed about the picture above was the lack of color. The shadows provided by the trees created inadequate lighting for the picture to possess vibrant colors. I knew that I wanted to improve the color quality. You can see that the main colors of the picture would be yellows and oranges, so those are the colors you want to increase. Now to go about doing it……………………
I actually just used PicMonkey to edit the photo. (Proves that it’s not too difficult to be a photographer once you get the hang of it!). I increased the contrast a tiny bit, then increased saturation and temperature a little more to give it more of an orange glow. I’m pretty impressed with the after result myself 🙂
I’m going to be posting a gallery of autumn photos pretty soon… It’s finally peak colors on the trees in my town, so I’ve had a chance to take some really breathtaking pictures. I’m excited! 🙂
“So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings…” -Peter Pan.
I want my photography to have more of an impact. I feel like when I don’t have very much time to take pictures or write a long post, I just kind of go through the motions and simply point out what I like about the picture and that’s it. I want to put more heart into my photography and possibly start a business someday. I know to do that, I can’t make posts if I only put a few minutes into my work. I noticed a trend starting and I wanted to stop it before it resulted in posts with careless mistakes or sloppy photographs. So here’s to a new start for me… With every picture, I’m going to post a quote that relates to the picture in some way and maybe a short story behind the photograph. Hope you all enjoy! God bless 🙂
(If you all remember, I mentioned that sometimes I take pictures and don’t notice certain interesting qualities about the photograph… Well, this is one of them. I didn’t even see that girl laying in the grass when I took the picture! Now she’s the star of it 🙂 )
I used to have a lot of trouble making the colors in a picture look natural when adjusting the levels. When you gradually adjust the levels, you don’t always realize how much editing you’ve done, which can result in harsh or fake-looking coloring in some parts of the picture. Here are some tips to make sure that doesn’t happen to you:
1. Look at the natural picture every once in a while.
This, below, is the natural picture.
I could definitely make the blues and greens a little brighter… But I need to make sure it doesn’t appear artificial.
In this picture above, I brightened the color, but I raised the contrast level so much that the lighting no longer looks natural. The background behind the branches that are in focus is much too dark. This can happen with brightening the color too much as well. By looking at the natural picture, you can assure that you don’t go too far with adjusting the levels of lighting, color, saturation, contrast, etc.
2. Zoom into sections of the picture.
If we look at the second example given above and zoom into the upper left side of the picture, we can see that the shadows are too dark. I often tend to focus on the main part and/or the center of the picture to see if the color is improved there. The branches that are in focus look alright, but as we can see in the natural picture, the branches in the back sort of fade out and are still just slightly visible almost throughout the entire picture. In the second picture, it is completely black in much of the background. This makes the picture look unnatural. Zooming in to sections of the picture can help you to avoid this error.
Hope you can learn from my mistakes! 🙂
I’m so excited for the leaves to start changing colors! I’ve finally accepted the fact that it’s not summer anymore… The workload of senior year kind of slapped me in the face, making me realize summer’s over. Fall sunsets are my favorite… Seeing the sun glisten through the colorful leaves is just so beautiful. This is a picture from last year, since the leaves in southern New York haven’t changed color yet; however, once they do, I’ll be taking plenty of pictures! Enjoy the fall feeling!