A skills all photographers need

Please look at the picture full size against a grey background.

Printing or post processing is a separate and different skill-set to that of being a Photographer.

One of the skills of the advanced printer has is the enhancement of apparent depth in a photograph giving the picture a 3D feel on a two dimensional piece of paper.

This picture of a wooden gate with a tree in the background has more apparent depth front to back because only a moderate amount of Clarity (mid-tone contrast) was used globally and only the gate was sharpened by use of the Lightroom Sharpening Masking Slider.

The perception of depth to the human brain is all about edge definition. Edges closer to the eye are perceived as being sharper than those further away.

Therefore by not adding Clarity to the background, the tree in the top left hand corner looks further away that the gate which has contrast and sharpening added.

Apparent depth is also controlled by depth of field and the choice of lens.

A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012


6 responses to A skills all photographers need

  1. rosaleenm says:

    thanks for this Andy, I use LR 4 clarity slider all the time BUT on whole image, silly me, will certainly keep in mind your recommendation 🙂


  2. athyfoto says:

    Hi Andy,
    You make a very strong point here and I’m sure it will be of great help to a lot of people. It is difficult when you first start looking at the work of others to understand just what it is that draws you to it and your excellent explanation of this particular skill will be welcomed by many.


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Frank 25 years is a long time to be doing basically the same thing and reading a lot of books. Thanks for the kind comment. Andy


  3. Murray Foote says:

    I think I would have said: “Printing or post processing is a separate and different skill-set to taking a photograph. All three are part of the skill of being a Photographer.”

    I know a lot of people don’t do their own printing but I think your work isn’t truly your own unless you control all the aspects that require value judgements.


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