For the past few weeks I have been participating in a weekly before/after image processing series curated by my friend Stacy over at Visual Venturing. The remarkable part about the series is that last Friday’s post marked her six month anniversary publishing the After-Before Friday posts. To mark the occasion, Stacy asked everyone who has participated in the series to submit an image to be voted on. The winning image would then be edited by each participant, and unveiled at last week’s anniversary post.
Here’s the unprocessed version of the winning image by Karen Chengelis of KCinAZ.
Processing another photographer’s image was an interesting exercise, and I’m still trying to digest the feeling. Now, I an in no way an expert retoucher, but I have often wondered what it would be like to retouch an image made by someone else.
This image is an excellent one, and I’m pretty sure I’ve got a very similar one from my trip to Florence, but I’ve come to realize that there are certain elements that photographers either look for or plan for when they’re out shooting on the streets or in a studio. This is a well exposed image, and nicely composed, but it helped me realize that I intentionally (or perhaps unintentionally) under expose my images to suit my preferred contrasty, sort of gritty editing style.
Below is my version of the image, and if you click here you can see the other bloggers interpretations as well. It was a really fun exercise and I wouldn’t hesitate to edit someone else’s image again.
What are your thoughts on post processing? Do you have a certain style? Can you envision the finished image while you’re shooting it? Have you ever edited another person’s image, how did you find the process? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.