Post-Processing saves Fashion

20 Jun ’13

Post-Processing saves Fashion by Animesh Ray

This photo was clicked during a shoot for this article on EastGrad Fashion.
Details: ISO 125, 50mm, f/1.8, 1/400s
Lightroom Confessions: There’s a lot! Some cropping, Contrast+, Shadows+ along with Blue+, Green+, Clarity+, Sharpness-, Darkness+ on specific parts of the photo.
Photoshop Confessions: Cleaned up some clutter on the road.

Views change, perspectives change! And this photo here is true visualization of that. Initially clicked in January of this year for DS’s fashion article on her blog, this photo gathered digital dust as neither me nor she thought any good of this photo. As a result I didn’t even bother to do any post-processing on this one.

But now, 6 months later, while going through the photos I clicked that day I gazed at this photo and had a ‘bazinga’ moment! 90 minutes later I had a really cool photo. Even 6 months back I must have liked something about the photo because I hadn’t deleted this photo, which I usually do if I don’t like a particular photo.

Among the technical aspects, one thing you might ask me here is why I used f/1.8 since f/1.8 is not the strong point of Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D. It become much sharper stopped down 4 or 5 stops. But at f/1.8 you get a slightly less sharp photo which I believe is perfect for portraits. This point stands verified when even after using f/1.8 I still had to decrease the overall sharpness of the photo in post-processing.


  1. Comment by debi c

    debi c Reply 23 Jun ’13 at 6:36 pm

    this is a really good one. and to think we would have never seen it!

    • Comment by Animesh Ray

      Animesh Ray 23 Jun ’13 at 8:44 pm

      Morale of the story: Don’t be too quick in dismissing a photo!

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