Joseph, Photography

You Asked For It: After The Camera

Before I begin today I would like to invite you all to my latest project X-tended Vision and I hope you enjoy the images I have posted there so far.

Today I thought I would forget about the camera and just show you what is going through my mind after I take the image (whew, this will be a quick post) ๐Ÿ™‚

After I save the image to a specific directory on an external hard drive I load it into Lightroom. I use the “Add” image option so I do not physically transfer the file into Lightroom but instead just a small preview image loads and the bulk of the file stays on the external hard drive.

Why do I use this option ?

Because I installed 250 gb SSD’s in all my Mac’s and at that time they were pretty expensive (today you can pick ip 512 gb SSD’s for the same price I paid for the 256 gb drives). You can fill a 250 gb hard drive pretty fast with raw files so instead I leave the images on the external drives which have plenty of capacity.

This is one particular image I will use for the purposes of this post and it is straight out of the camera. ย In this case I used a Nikon D300 camera at 1000 ISO and the photo was taken at the “Little Italy” section of Boston’s North End.


As you can see this photo was taken at night and with the mixed type of street lighting and floodlights in the photo I really don’t think I should even waste time with trying to get the color balance correct. Also take notice that although this image was only taken at 1000 ISO it was also taken with a camera that is old by todays standards. ย It was a fantastic high ISO performer back in the day but the grain looks pretty coarse compared to a more modern camera.


This is basically the same image with a little bit tighter cropping applied. ย For the sake of this post I will save some time and just skip to the next step because sometimes I will sit in front of the computer screen and crop 20 to 30 times and see if I like the image any better.


Being I will not get the color balance correct I converted the image to black and white and I think its starting to look a little better. ย The lights seem too hot for my liking and I will have to adjust them a little. ย The lights are pretty close to the edge of the image so I have an idea on how to fix them.


On this version I cropped the image a little bit more and applied a frame to give it a little more finished look. ย There is still something not right about tis image so I will work with it a little more.


This is the final image and the difference between this and the previous image is that I applied a medium vignette (which also took care of the lights also by toning them down a little). ย I also brought the black levels down ever so slightly and applied the watermark in the lower right of the image.

This will end the “You asked for it” posts and I had a blast writing them. ย I hope you enjoyed them.


17 thoughts on “You Asked For It: After The Camera

  1. Emilio Pasquale says:

    You seem pretty confidant in your post processing. And that’s good thing. A greatly improved image. But I, on the other hand, am not as confidant and whenever I share a before and after, I get comments that make me want to revisit the image and keep working. One day, maybe, I’ll be like you. Or more like you seem to be! ๐Ÿ™‚


    • I’m not really confident in any of the images I post but I am also not one to sit there for hours and tweak the images. Maybe I would have fiddled a little more with the images when I was younger but now I really don’t. So I guess you will have to be like the person I seem to be Emilio ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Thank you for all the “You Asked for it” posts. They are all very informative and helpful to someone like me, who can use all the help she can get! I saved them all so I can refer back to them when I need to. As they say, “All good things must come to an end.” Thanks for sharing!

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    • Thank you very much Patti ๐Ÿ™‚ I was going to totally shut down this site but I thought about it and decided that wouldn’t be fair to all the people who have been following me for years, so something had to give so I can squeeze more hours out of the day ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Excellent photo, Joe. I’m always interested in reading about processing techniques other photographers use. Not very many posts I follow described their process and I myself rarely get technical. But being a technician at heart I appreciate your efforts.

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