Photoshop is a great tool for us photographers.  It allows us to completely alter what our original photograph looked like into something else altogether.

Why would we want to do that?

Well, to be honest, we wouldn’t necessarily need to completely alter our photographs, just tweak them a little bit.  You know, increase the saturation or remove unwanted dust spots, stuff like that.

But if need be, Photoshop has the ability to completely change the look of our images.  That’s how powerful this tool is.

You can change the colors, remove unwanted people, add things in from other photos, crop things out, change the lighting, add contrast and saturation… the list goes on.  you name it, it can be done using Photoshop.

Take the three images below for an example.

The first image is the original shot.  Notice all the people in the shot… this is a busy area of Sydney, there are church goers, tourists, and businessmen all going about their business.  A busy photographer can’t wait around all day until there is a gap in between the cars that reveals a frame void of all people.  He could be there for hours, slowly losing the light.

The second image is the same photo after a bit of Photoshop work.  Notice now that all the people are missing, making for a much less distracting shot of this magnificent cathedral.  The light falling on the brickwork has also been evened out a little.  That’s really all that has been done to this image.  Still the same photograph… now more marketable!

The third image is the same shot again, just converted to black and white.  I’ve added this one onto the end just to give you another example of what can be done with Photoshop.

So, you see, Photoshop doesn’t have to be a bad thing.  It has all the tools available for you to completely alter your shot, but most times it’s only small adjustments that need to be made.  Good composition and lighting is still important at the time you take the shot but there are some small things that can be fixed using Photoshop later on.

Happy Shooting!

Pics By Nick - St Mary's Cathedral

Pics By Nick - St Mary's Cathedral

Pics By Nick - St Mary's Cathedral