Image and Post by Rick Sammon
I need to send this file to one of my publishers. The top four photographs, taken near Mt. Rainier Washington with my Canon G10, illustrate (clockwise from top left): front lighting, side lighting, back lighting (little color in the sky), and back lighting with a slight Curves adjustment. The bottom image, taken on the Hudson River in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, illustrates back lighting with great color and clouds in the sky.
Each photograph, placed on a separate layer in my original file, needs some selective adjustments (Curves, Hue/Saturation, Sharpening, etc.). However, I am in a hotel room in Maui, at the Maui Photo Festival, and I need to resist the temptation to edit my photographs on my non-calibrated, shiny screen laptop that is resting on a desk where there is mixed lighting (lamp and daylight). I’ll have to wait until I get home to make my adjustments.
My point: When you are on location, perhaps on a workshop, resist the temptation to make adjustments on your images on your laptop. Wait until you are home and make your adjustments on your calibrated desktop monitor. Of course, you can play around with your images while you are away, but know that you’ll get much better and more accurate results at home.
Try this experiment: edit an image on you laptop and then on your desktop. Compare the results.
P.S. Beautiful sunsets in Croton-on-Hudson are quite common.