There are times when there should be absolutely no need to do any work on a photograph after it has been taken.
Get the composition right, the exposure correct and that’s it. Nothing more should be needed. No fiddling with Photoshop, no tweaking RAW files, no messing with saturation levels or curves, or straightening those wonky horizons. This makes life simple and enables the photographer to spend more time on what is far more important – gathering photographs.
GET IT RIGHT IN THE CAMERA
Of course, this is the ideal and it is by far from the norm. Most images need some slight adjusting at least. But if you can get it right in the camera first time, you will save yourself a whole load of fiddling afterwards.
There are some basic techniques that will help you achieve this – exactly what I teach during my Photography Courses and Holidays – and it happened while I was out taking pictures this morning. The picture (right) needed absolutely nothing doing to it – even the arrangement of the composition was unaltered. The chair was just there; exactly where I might have positioned it myself if it were a still-life studio setting.
- Camera: Nikon D700
- Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8
- ISO: 200
- Shutter Speed: 1/10sec
- Aperture: f/14
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Metering Mode: Centre Weighted
- Gitzo Traveller tripod used
The photograph was taken this morning in a wonderful new location I’ve discovered very near Kirkcudbright. I’ll be posting more pictures taken during this session very soon.
If you would like to learn how to get more from your camera – and get it right in the camera first time – there are still places available on the Photography Weekend Break at The Selkirk Arms Hotel, Kirkcudbright January 27-29th. The FULLY INCLUSIVE price of just £399 covers all your accommodation, meals and full tuition.
Find out more about this PHOTOGRAPHY WEEKEND BREAK