Boy (and the concept of pre-processing).

2013, Barbados, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Portrait, Q&A, Teaching point


↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH @ f/1.4.


I’m often asked how I post-process colour in my images.

Well, more often than not, I don’t.  I pre-process (my term).  Let me explain…

Almost all photographers post-process (i.e., make image-enhancing adjustments, after a photograph is taken).  What many novice photographers fail to recognize is the importance of pre-processingPre-processing involves identifying and harnessing natural enhancing elements in a scene, such as lighting, perspective, etc., before an image is taken.

In the case of this image, Boy, the soft light that was present after the sun set was harnessed to achieve a rich palette of colours and tones.  This cannot be achieved in post-processing.


5 thoughts on “Boy (and the concept of pre-processing).

  1. Yes very nice. There is a type of intensity to this portrait which is hard to explain but comes to mind. It may sound a bit corny but it is almost like a look to the future of what your son will be like as he grows up. That’s the beauty of photography hey!!

    As for pre-processing I am doing a 1 day introduction course titled “Seeing the Light”. It covers light in all its formats but is built around the principles of ambient vs reflective light and how to manage this manually during the image making. Looking forward to it.

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