There’s something to be said about getting it right in camera, but if you’re learning the ropes of photography and find yourself looking to fix a boring image – today’s technology does offer some help – of course as I’ll make clear throughout this article – it’s still better to get it right in camera.
While it’ll almost always be in your best interest to reshoot the photograph later, you can certainly learn a great deal about photography without leaving your computer.
The video below will take you through the process of how you can go about fixing a boring photograph to get the most out of a miss-fire.
Fixing a boring photograph inside Lightroom
This week’s video focuses on how with a simple crop, and some minor adjustments in Lightroom, we can take a boring photograph, with poor composition, and turn it around into something more pleasing.
Towards the end of the video I take it a step further by using the HDRSoft 32-bit HDR for Lightroom plugin to blend a set of three brackets together in order to really bring out some details in the shadows and highlights.
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Apply these lessons in the field and you won’t have to fix your boring photos any more
One of the best ways to improve a photograph right out of the camera is to improve the composition. There are a number of ways you can go about improving composition – read: 3 important elements of composition no one’s talking about and 3 books that’ll improve your photography composition for more info.
Remember the lessons you learn on the computer should almost always be transferred to the field. After all if post production will allow you to elevate a relatively weak photograph to something more pleasing, just think about what it can achieve when given a great photograph to start with. Not to mention the simple fact that it’s much faster to get the photograph right in camera than it is to go about fixing a boring photograph on the screen.
So while these lessons are valuable to the learning photographer – as your knowledge of what makes a photograph interesting grows you should start applying those techniques to the image you’re about to capture and not the one that you captured yesterday.