For many years I have taken photographs and they all came out ordinary of the camera. I am not saying those where bad pictures, but to me there was something missing.
HDR and the whole post processing component was the missing part of my photography work! A few year back I have started to get into HDR post processing and realized that there is also Adobe products that can help like Photoshop and Lightroom.
Using those components, I am able to create unique pictures! Pictures that not even I can create twice in a row. And this is the whole intention behind my photography work – creating a picture the way I like it!
Look at the fact that I travel to places all over the world and make photographs that everybody else has taken before. The best example is Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Everybody that is going there with a camera will bring back home a picture of Angkor Wat at sunrise! Me too! It is absolutely the same picture from a composing point of view; but not so much from a post processing point of view.
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To me, the way I create my pictures, it is an artwork. An artwork based on photography. Sometimes the photograph will only be adjusted minor and sometimes like the picture above, heavily.
This blog is not supposed to be about me, it is supposed to be about you! You can create such an image as well and therefore I am sharing my techniques and knowledge gained over the past few years so you can create stunning images too!
In my opinion, the photography and especially the post processing is perfect to find yourself! It is a way expressing yourself the way you currently feel, or you felt when you were taking the picture, or what you remember the location was looking like!
It is all up to you how the final image is going to look like! You do not need to be an expert to take your photos to the next level! I do not understand the tools I use either – for instance Photoshop is so strong and has so many function that are freaking me out, but do not worry, there is always a way back and you cannot break any image taken when you follow the settings and the process about how I take pictures. Worse case: Start from the very beginning!
And this is what kept me going over the past few year, I knew I was making progress!
The face of Chicago; the location is right behind the reflecting bean.
This is the Apple cube in NYC.
This is just a photograph of the Skyline of Chicago I have taken whil Walking back to the hotel after it did rain.