The longer I am in this photography industry the more I see the ‘image’ processed so many different ways. What makes each Hudson Valley NY Photographer different should definitely be the way an image is captured but in this digital age it has also become how a person PROCESSES their image!
Some processes have become fads while others have become classic. I’ve read and heard so much debating/arguments and essays about the state of post processing and the over-use of ‘actions’ (actions are a Photoshop process that quickly converts your original image to a different color, effect or a black and white instead of doing each step by hand). I admit to using actions but I am quite selective in what I present to my clients.
I like to think of myself as a classic ‘post-process’ photographer (classic = making the image look as close/real as to how it was shot as possible…and because the image comes out very similar to how it was shot in camera, classic = timeless). However, I do find myself enjoying some of the processing ‘fads’ that are currently popular in the industry. In my gallery presentation to clients I always give a mix of classic color/black and white, vintage color/bw and and maybe a cross-process. Early in my business I use to use textures but I found they just weren’t my style.
There truly are way too many processes out there. Here I will attempt to write about some of my favorites and some that just miss the mark for me! My hopes are to give a visual and a comparison to some of the processes out there. At the end of the post is a collage study with some other processes that currently seem popular! Enjoy!