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Over-processed HDR is awful
Composite HDR of three bracketed long exposures, which were then merged and put through a funky filter in Photomatix Pro. Photos taken a few years ago in SoHo, New York City.

With digital photography, there are so many ways one can alter his/her images in post-processing using Lightroom, Photoshop or any number of image editing programs or applications. I understand that everyone has a unique shooting and processing style, but many people simply overdo the latter part. When someone relies too heavily on the post-processing aspect, and doesn’t put enough thought or care into the image while they are shooting, it creates some pretty undesirable results. To me, a good image should be able to stand on its own, and not need to be over-processed in order to stand out or be considered “a keeper.” With my photos, I try to capture the perfect shot in-camera, and only slightly alter them in post-processing (e.g. add a little contrast, minor color correction or occasional conversion to black and white or sepia tone).

It is hard to define “over-processed,” but I will try. To me, it simply means 1 (or more) of the following:

a) the original has poor composition, is incorrectly exposed or just not a good picture. When someone takes a crappy photo and thinks that pumping up the colors, contrast and whatever else will “save the photo,” whatever that means. In doing this, he/she creates an over-processed mess. For a few examples, check out this shitty HDR on reddit (some shots are okay, but others are beyond awful). 🙁 Continue reading ›

Instagram is a great social media platform for photographers, artists and creative types to share their work and interact with like-minded individuals and communities. Many photographers have embraced it and are growing their following while reaching a large audience of potential fans and clients. I have been using it for nearly 4 months now, and must say I thoroughly enjoy sharing my images and discovering other artists and their work.

Posting non-square images on Instagram
By adding space to the top and bottom or sides of my photos, I create square uncropped images for my Instagram feed.

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Light trails and pillars under the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York
I took about 7 photos to get this long exposure of concrete columns and passing traffic on Route 59 underneath the New York State Thruway in Nyack, New York.

Every photographer has his or her unique shooting and post-processing style. With my artwork, one of the things I never do is crop my images. I feel as though my photos should be well-composed in my camera’s viewfinder and that cropping them later on the computer is kind of like cheating. Continue reading ›