A touch too much? – Post-processing for Natural Enhancement

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I am very much looking forward to being a part of the upcoming Wild Shots Wildlife Photography Symposium in Cape Town on the 15th of November. Not only are there some great speakers and presentations at the actual event, but Gerry, Morkel and I will also be hosting a post processing for wildlife photographers the day after the event (16 November).

The title of my presentation is “A touch too much? – post-processing for natural enhancement” and, in preparing for the event, I thought it would be interesting to get ideas on what you feel is too much?

How Much is too much?

For me, this image is just way too much but perhaps you like it.

Whilst there are general rules and guidelines in photography, we know that the rules are always meant to be broken. What one person feels is acceptable might be completely unacceptable to another though and it is this personal taste which is what makes art and the art of photography such an interesting medium.

So, in your opinion, what would you consider “too much” in wildlife photography?

Is it over-sharpening, over saturation, HDR?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this…

Andrew Beck

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  1. Suhail Khan

    Over saturation I believe. One can clearly see the dark blue line running all along the periphery of the elephants belly and the left leg, and also there is a generalized bluish tinge to the entire picture.


    Suhail Khan.

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      Andrew Beck

      Hi Suhail

      Thanks for the comment, I agree, over-saturation is one of the main things that people get wrong. The purpose behind this image was to give an example of “over-processing”.

      The shadows slider is lifted to +100
      Highlights slider to -100
      Clarity to +100
      Saturation to +100

      This is wihtout a doubt, too much…

  2. Andrew Cromhout

    Noise reduction. When using a higher ISO, is there a way to ensure one doesn’t over noise reduce and the image becomes too “pasty”? Also with star photography – when does one know your are taking out noise and when are you actually staring to take out the stars themselves?

  3. Elaine Bombay

    In general, I find over-saturation the quickest and easiest way to ruin an image. Go ahead and bump up the saturation and vibrancy, but stop before it looks like cartoon colouring.

  4. Ann

    I think it takes some experience to get the right mix. I am still learning and I think sometimes change too much, because I am inexperienced. Moreover, I just recovered the need for monitor calibration which makes a big difference in how the photo looks when you process and post.

  5. Kim B

    I can live with sharpening.
    I can live with saturation.
    I can’t live with cloning.
    And happily, there’s no cloning in this picture.
    Everyone’s taste is different, to each as they say.

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