Do you often take pictures with a lot of noise, with few details or with completely damaged colors?
It happened to me too! I often find myself in these conditions, still today.
We usually observ perfect images, with natural colors, details and contrasts. Picture with incredible three-dimensionality. Each of us has grown up observing the photos of the best professional photographers, admiring their skill and often dreaming their equipment.
Well, today I have great news for you ! During my photographic growth I realized that often it is not the equipment that makes the difference.
You may be wondering: “So what then?” Surely the equipment help you a lot.
But what if I told you that the biggest difference is a targeted and well-executed post-production work?
Do you know why? Because in all the best pcitures there is more than a subject and a background. What makes the difference is the rendering of the contrasts, the point of light, the point of black, the hues and the right saturation. This is what creates magnetism in photographs.
And you think this can be done by an expensive camera or lens? Well, it can help you. But you can make the real difference!
What are the main problems in wildlife photography?
In wildlife photography I often take a shot in a bad light conditions . The result is always the same, files with a lot of noise, with “dirty” colors, weak contrasts. Completely flat photos.
Over the years I have specialized in this, studying a targeted and well-finished work, which in post-production, gives the possibility to recover images in a surprising way. So you never again risk losing unique moments due to inexperience in post-productions. This made a difference for me.
With these techniques I was able to obtain perfectly clean images from the annoying digital noise caused by high ISO and finally have some detailed photos even at very high ISO.
I found the best working techniques to better manage colors and contrasts, giving three-dimensionality and atmosphere to all photographs.
“Post-production is the element that binds a photographer to their photos”
But let’s take a step back, “What is post-production?”
With digital photography the post-production has become a fundamental step to optimize your shots and enhance the quality of your own work, and not only. Post-production has become a mandatory step for anyone who shoots in RAW format. This is where post-production is born.
The RAW format is nothing more than the “modern” negative of the old analogs. Shooting in RAW means getting a file without any compression and adjustment. A file with all the information inside on our photo, uncompromising .
You may be wondering “Why don’t they all shoot in RAW?”
Having everything inside a file is not an entirely good thing. A RAW file is a raw file by definition. A file that necessarily needs some adjustments. Adjustments, on the other hand, that take place automatically in your camera if you shoot in compressed formats such as .jpeg.
Shooting in RAW you can achieve much better quality levels than jpeg; but to do that you will have to learn about post-production. Shooting in RAW gives you more control over white balance , contrasts , lights , shadows , details , on noise , on saturation .
By learning all the secrets of post-production you will decide all these settings and more.
How to approach post-production in Wildlife photography?
In nature photography you are often forced to shoot in difficult conditions , dictated by the movement of animals or from low light conditions, consequently it happens to end up with very bad photos. But not always, often it can happen to have a great photo but not being able to get 100% out of it.
Precisely for this over the years I have developed a workflow that I apply to each of my images and that if you want you can learn directly from me!