Humorous Photography Quote Of The Week
After I posted some of my not-so-great photos from my trip earlier this week, I got a lot of feedback and comments from people who could relate. But I got one response in particular that made me laugh. It’s a short and simple quote that kinda stuck with me all week.
I thought that was pretty clever. And some truth to it as well. Trust me, we’d all love to get everything right in the camera and walk away from shooting knowing we have a killer photo in the bag. But we all know there are plenty of bad photos we’ve taken that simply may never see the light of day. But a lot of times, I have to say, with a little creative processing, a photo that was “meh” can turn into something pretty good. It doesn’t have to turn into an award-winning gallery photo, but it can turn into something that you (and the people that you share it with) think is pretty cool.
That’s one of the reasons why I think plug-ins like onOne’s Perfect Effects, Nik’s Color Efex Pro, Tiffen’s DFX, or Topaz’s Photo FX Lab software are pretty cool. Whichever one you own is irrelevant. The point is, they give you a bunch of one-click ways to try out different styles on your photos. Sometimes, a photo that didn’t grab your attention right out of the camera, actually looks great with a special effect.
Your weekend task should you accept…
Give it a try. Take a photo that you kinda like but aren’t totally enamored with and try one of those programs. Run through the different presets and see if something doesn’t grab you. I did a survey at my Lightroom seminar in Orlando the other day and found that the overwhelming majority of people have plug-ins. So the chances are that if you’re reading this you have one too. And if you don’t, all of those links above have free 30-day trials. But I think you’ll find it’s a cool exercise to try once in a while. And trust me, I’ve done it before – you start out by thinking you’ll spend 5-10 minutes doing this. After you’re done you’ll realize you just spent an hour or two.
But it’s fun little exercise and I think you’ll like it. Have a great weekend everyone!