Photo Feedback

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Our Anonymous Photographer has presented a well-composed landscape photograph with the curve of the dirt road leading the eye into the distant hills. All the elements are well positioned, including the post on the left in that it is not too close to the edge of the frame to be a distraction.

However, the overall colour balance seems a little on the warm side and perhaps the tonality is a little muddy too. What about going into Photoshop or Lightroom and using an auto colour adjustment – say Enhance Per Channel Contrast for Photoshop? This redistributes the tones and colours to produce a better ‘theoretical’ result and very often it works well. What do you think (see next pic).

 

 

My next suggestion is to darken the photo. Although the automatic adjustment has done a good job, Photoshop/Lightroom doesn’t know what the photograph is of, so it is up to us to make a subject decision. I have darkened the road and the sky, leaving the background hills unchanged.

 

 

So, how do we get a little more mood or emotion? Shooting in the middle of the day with bright sunlight like this has produced a flat result. Maybe that’s what the photographer wanted to show, but imagine this same scene with strong side lighting and some shadows. I have given a hint of what I am thinking of using Photoshop (below), but it’s a lot better to return to this location when the light and weather are on your side. Sometimes the best results are achieved just by waiting or revisiting a location and letting nature do its thing!

 

 

Our e-book on How To Win Photo Competitions isn't just for making better competition entries, it's full of great advice on improving all your photos - you can find it here.

 

And if you're interested in a photography tour/workshop in the next 12 months, I have trips going to Bhutan, New Zealand, Norway (Polar Bears) and Antarctica. The Silk Road trip for 2019 is booked out. Full details on the Better Photography website!

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