As a photographer I often look at other people's photos and I wonder how they finally got to the end result.
I wonder how they shot it, what lens they used, what white balance, what the light conditions were. Did they use a tripod or a remote? Did they shoot it in jpeg or in RAW? What was the exposure like to start with?
Then I start to wonder, what did they do AFTER the shutter was released. There are SO many programs on the market and they all do something special. Some photos take a very short time to edit, and some take much longer. I look at amazing photos and I wonder .... "What did that person start out with? Was it amazing from the camera or did they do a lot of work on it?"
So, I decided that it would be fun to do a little test. I was able to gather some of my friends and watchers together and entice them to take part in a post processing challenge!!
I wanted to see how different people would process the exact same photo! So, I distributed a RAW (or tiff) file to everyone and sat back and waited for the results! It was very exciting because every person who participated has a very different style, and a few, don't even do any photo processing because their main art is other than photography. I told them to do what ever they wanted with it - go all out and give it the works. I also asked each person to give us a little run down of the process they used to get their end result, as I hoped that this could be informative and a learning experience!
I'd like to share with you the results of this little test. In no particular order I'm going to introduce each person to you and show you their final result!! Please view them at full size and even visit their galleries to get an idea of the type of work they do!
First : Mine!
This is a typical shot for me - living in the prairies I have a lot of landscape photos that include big open spaces, old barns and skies. It was exciting to see how everyone else interpreted the scene!
Cho is an awesome guy and a wonderful photographer !! He's funny as hell too! I was very pleased when he decided to join us!
Brian is a wonderful photographer and a great guy. He is willing to share his knowledge. He shoots amazing night scenes which he has allowed me to pick his brain about.
He has a varied gallery with everything from photography to digital art! It was a pleasure meeting him and having him take part!
I also just met Val through this challenge and he's a Canadian just like me! He's a great guy and has some amazing shots of Vancouver you should check out!!
MJ is one of the only two women who joined us!! MJ has a lovely gallery and her photos always have a beautiful "feel good" quality to them that is so very nice, just like she is!
Nuno is one of the sweetest people! He did two versions. His true love is street photography which is almost always in B&W -and he excels at it. He went "outside of his box" on this one and did a colour version just for me - and I love it!!
Andrew had a lot of fun with this challenge! He went all out and did a photo manipulation with it, using some of his own stock to add to the scene!
Jari is an HDR processor and he does some amazing things with it!! His photos are amazing and he has some HDR work shops on his page, so if you are wanting to learn or practice HDR - make sure you check that out!!
This young man is a digital artist taking a stab at this! I think he did a great job and he came up with two different looks for the photo!!
Jackie, my sister across the ocean is not a photographer but an AMAZING portrait artist! She did a very cool job on this and I'm so glad she joined in the fun!! Check out her gallery - she's awesome!!
Tom is from Japan and he has some beautiful shots of his country in his gallery! He really enjoys HDR as well and he's an awesome guy! Check out his gallery and show him some love!!!
Jonathan is an amazing photographer who has a wide body of work. Everything from landscapes to architecture to street - Jonny does it all and he does it SO well. His gallery is definitely worth a peruse so go over there and check it out!!
Tim is from Australia and his landscapes are to die for! He has a wonderful processing style to go along with his photographic talent and I was very pleased when he said he'd join us! Another amazing gallery for you to check out!
And last but not least, I will introduce you to
Dan is a very special guy. He is always out to prove to people exactly what an arse he is, and so for his challenge entry he decided to put a self portrait of himself into the sky.
Nice ass Dan!! Thanks for playing along!!!
This was a great experiment and I hope to be able to do more of this in the future! I hope everyone who entered had as good a time and will enjoy seeing what everyone else did with their photo!!!
Thank you VERY much to everyone!
PS - here is the link to the news article [link]
go and fave it so that more people will see it!!!
A List of Links for tutorials/info that I've found to be useful!
Basics of Pen Tool [link]
Making Photoshop Brushes [link]
Adding Borders in PS [link]
Depth of Field [link]
PS Borders [link]
The Pen Tool [link]
Making Textures [link]
Layer Masks and Colour Gradients [link]
GavTrain Photo Training [link]
Manual HDR [link]
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