Posts Tagged "photos"

Photo Post-Processing

Published on June 23, 2018

I know that in the world of photography, post-processing is a very personal topic. Every photographer has a different workflow, especially when it comes time to process their photos. Mine has always been pretty haphazard, and for a long time I haven’t been as happy with my photos as I would like.

I shoot RAW images, which ultimately gives me a lot more creative control over the end product. Maximizing those possibilities, however, requires effort that I frankly haven’t been putting in. I’ve recently decided to change that, and I’m already seeing improved results. One of my recent photo albums, focusing on garden macro images, is the first album into which I put extra effort into the post-processing step. I’m really happy with every single photo in that album.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching a lot of online tutorials on post-processing workflows, tips, and tricks. Anthony Morganti’s YouTube channel has been particularly helpful to me (he has lots of great pointers).

I’ve posted a few photos below to show the before and after effects of what I’ve learned. All of the “before” shots are photos that are posted in my public albums (all three of these shots come from the Lausanne, Switzerland photo album). If you happen to be reading this in an RSS reader, click through to the site for a better before/after experience where the images are stacked.

The first photo is a shot of a castle we visited. My “before” shot lacked detail, was fairly flat, and was generally overexposed. The “after” shot uses improved color, is a better crop (removing a stray head from the bottom of the shot), and has more detail.


This second photo was taken in the castle above. Again, there was missing detail, highlights were really overblown, and there was a general lack of contrast.


One final example originally suffered from overexposure and a lack of contrast. Note how so much more detail shows up in the leaves of the grapevine.


I’m looking forward to using my new-found skills in future photo albums.

June Garden Macros

Published on June 12, 2018

I’ve posted some new macro photos taken from my garden tonight. The colors in some of these photos are really beautiful, in my opinion. I hope to continue posting new photos like this.

Switzerland Photos (Part 2 of 2)

Published on May 30, 2018

The second set of photo albums from last year’s trip to Switzerland have been posted. First up this time is an album on our visit to Lausanne and its surrounding areas (a nice place to visit), followed by an album about Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Enjoy!

Switzerland Photos (Part 1 of 2)

Published on May 26, 2018

Last year, my wife and I spent two glorious weeks in Switzerland. While there, we hiked over 90 miles and visited a number of incredible places. We both fell in love with the country, and we intend to return in the future. If I had enough money, I’d even consider living there (though the cost of living is ridiculous)!

I’ve finally posted photos from this trip to my photos site. The first two albums cover our visits to Luzern and Wengen. Wengen is my top spot in Switzerland, and is perhaps the most beautiful place on Earth.

I will post two more albums in the next week or so, covering the second half of our trip. Stay tuned!

Linked Photo Albums

Published on May 12, 2018

I’m trying something new on my photos site. Starting with the NC Arboretum album, photos will now be hosted at Google Photos. This has a number of benefits:

  • Users can comment on photos
  • I can now embed videos in the album
  • Nicer viewing experience on all devices
  • Simplifies the import process for me

New albums will still show up on my photos site, but they will now be links to the external albums. The RSS feed for albums should still work to track what I post.

I’m not yet sure how to handle the “favorites” section of the photos site. I’d like to be able to point to favorite photos as I take them, but how to do that is still to be determined.

Let me know what you think of this new setup. I’m looking forward to giving it a try, and I have a backlog of photo albums to post.

Hammocks Beach State Park Photos

Published on January 1, 2018

I’ve just posted some photos from a visit to my final North Carolina state park back in October of 2016. This album has been long overdue, but I’m finally getting around to it.

I hope to post more photos in the coming weeks, but I’m debating how best to do that (I have a large backlog of stuff that never made it here). I’ve been using Google Photos as my posting ground in recent times, and I haven’t seen a good way to make those photos public.

Lumber River State Park Photos

Published on December 20, 2016

In early October, I visited Lumber River State Park, the penultimate state park in my quest to visit them all. Naturally, I took my camera, and these photos were the result. Sadly, this small park offers lackluster hiking.

Mount Rainier Photos

Published on December 14, 2016

The final photo album from our trip to Washington state is finally up. This last album focuses on Mount Rainier, which is easily one of the most beautiful national parks I’ve ever been to. The hiking here was fantastic, even though it was tough on the old knees!

Mount Saint Helens Photos

Published on December 2, 2016

We visited Mount Saint Helens while in Washington state, and had some of the best hiking conditions while there. If you ever visit Washington, I highly recommend visiting this amazing place.

Lake Crescent Photos

Published on November 28, 2016

Our last stop in Olympic National Park was Lake Crescent, a remarkably blue lake with some really neat things to see. I have two more photo albums to post from our Washington visit, both of which are really neat!

Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge Photos

Published on November 25, 2016

Photos from our trip to Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state have now been posted. I have three more photo albums from this vacation to post, which I hope to get to in the next week or so. Then I’ll be (nearly) caught up!

Rialto Beach Photos

Published on November 21, 2016

Today’s photo album update comes from a trip to Rialto Beach, located on the western shore of the Olympic peninsula. This beach was a really neat place to walk, as the beach was made entirely of pebbles (there was virtually no sand anywhere). Though walking on the pebbles was tiring, the visit was totally worth it.

Hoh Rainforest Photos

Published on November 20, 2016

I’ve posted album number three from our trip to Washington in September. This album details our visit to Hoh Rainforest, one of the rainiest places in all of the United States. It was a remarkably beautiful place.

Hurricane Ridge Photos

Published on November 19, 2016

While on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state back in September, we visited Olympic National Park. One of our stops was at Hurricane Ridge, a popular spot for visitors to the park. The views from this portion of the park were spectacular, as these photos will attest.

Visit to Washington Photos

Published on November 18, 2016

To inaugurate the launch of my new photo album software, I’ve just posted my first photo album from our trip to the state of Washington back in September. This is the first of 9 albums from this trip, and I’m excited to post these albums because we saw lots of cool stuff. Stay tuned for more!

Carvers Creek State Park

Published on October 31, 2016

Back in September, my wife and I visited the newest state park in North Carolina, Carvers Creek. Located near Fayetteville, this state park is still in its infancy. It was a very popular place to hike, however, as we found it fairly crowded the day we visited. I’ve posted some photos from our visit.

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