Fix It In Post

Everyone’s heard this saying before: “I’ll fix it in post!”

Post-processing is an essential step in a photographer’s workflow.

Here is what my camera originally metered in aperture priority mode wide open with no exposure compensation:


To me, everything seems a little dull, a little underexposed (dark). I remember when I took this picture and when looking at the LCD screen on the back of the camera, it looked fine. So, what changed between me taking the picture and me putting the pictures onto my computer?

The LCD screen can be misleading sometimes, as in this case. So, just a little post-processing doesn’t hurt. Here is what I ended up with after toying around with a few settings:


The edited version seems more “real” to me. The color white actually seems like the color white in the edited version, whereas in the original version, it seemed more like a dull gray. So what settings did I change exactly?

+0.80 Exposure, +33 Fill Light, +32 Vibrance, +48 Highlights, -28 Darks.

By increasing the exposure, I made the picture as a whole brighter. By increasing fill light, I made the mid-tones brighter (mid-tones are pretty self explanatory. the parts of the image that aren’t bright, but aren’t exactly dark either).By increasing vibrance, I made the colors stand out a bit, made them more colorful. By increasing highlights and decreasing darks, I increased contrast of the overall image.

Of course, these changes were made hastily and I am in no way saying that my edited version is the best possible version out there. it’s just a slightly enhanced, more real image than the original.

It should be noted that there is no correct ¬†exposure or correct interpretation of this image. Some people actually prefer the original to my edited version. Others may choose to edit it in a completely different way. The edited version presented above is just my interpretation of what looks “right”.

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