Before & After



Todays blog is about photo enhancements, briefly every pro making money uses it and its not cheating or camera trickery, its a tool in as much a way as the the camera itself, I use it to enhance colour, light Dodging & Burning, contrast and mainly to clean the shot removing “dust bunny spots” my biggest bugbear of all.

A quote by the father of landscape photography himself Ansel Adams “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” many of his prints were manipulated in the darkroom with these techniques, I like to think of it as lifting the image to a palatable taste, sometimes you need dreary but it rarely sells, customers want images that lift their sprit evoke a sense of euphoria, no body in truth wants to feel miserable staring at a dull uninspiring image on their living room wall do they?

Opinions count, so do let me know what your views are, this will be part of next weeks Peak District Online Blog

have a wonderful weekend all


Dust Bunnies at 200% everywhere


  1. Alison February 11, 2011 at 11:51 AM #

    Being very ignorant of photographic techniques…(sorry ) if I was presented with the two photos I would simply have said that the enhanced one (which is far more appealing) was taken at dusk. This image makes me want to be there now and linger a little.
    Adrian what are ‘dust bunny spots’?

    • Adrian February 11, 2011 at 11:58 AM #

      Hi Alison

      they are the same shot taken early in a November morning, its just to show how much we can manipulate the shot to make it viewable. by no means have I altered was was there other than to make it level then purley enhanced what was already there. Dust bunnies eeeek, because I use filter heavily in my shot they are always covered with microscopic particles of dust or rain mist, you may not see them but I work at 2-300% size when doing the processing and they are everywhere, I spend more time with this than anything, if you were to blow the shot up you would see them all over the shot, I’ll post a pic of them in mo, dreary here again hope you have a fab weekend


  2. Glyn February 11, 2011 at 12:29 PM #

    Mmmm interesting techniques you use. To be honest Ive never dodged or burned, I thought brightness ect sorted those things out…Still the enhanced second image is a vast improvement. Must say mine look like the first image most of the time when I HAVE enhanced them !! lol Anyway mate ‘what are dust bunnies ??? lol

    • Adrian February 11, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

      you may scoff!!! they are a pain in the bum….., even when you think you have sorted the image print it and find one thats why it takes me so looooonnnnngggg

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