Open The Heavens, kmc, 2012.

Why’d You Take That Picture? Digital Darkrooms And Creating Images…

I’m always taking pictures. I’m always looking at my photos. I keep them in my tablet.  I have online storage. I keep computer storage. I have loads of memory cards. I have prints of my work. I work on them, imaging them to look to what my mind sees. That may sound weird to someone, but to a creative person, they’d understand. My photographs are perfectly fine by themselves. I could leave them alone and publish them as is. But that’s not what I’m about. I like creating an image and having people find things within that image. Sometimes they find things hadn’t planned on. That’s the best part to me.

Dark Shadows, kmc, 2012.

Dark Shadows, kmc, 2012.

Standing in my backyard on a sunny day, I snapped this. Well, it didn’t quite look like it does above. It had colors of green and was all natural. My shadow loomed large ahead of me. It seemed imposing. I liked the look of it, but I just couldn’t leave it alone and created “Dark Shadows”. Then I imaged some more to create “Raining On The Shadows”, seen below.

Raining On The Shadows, kmc, 2012.

Raining On The Shadows, kmc, 2012.

A digital darkroom gives you an array of  many options to chop, dice, color, adjust and dissect your photograph. If that’s what you want to do. It helps if you have prior knowledge of photography, a good eye for color and you enjoy creativity. Anyone can purchase an expensive camera, but not everyone can produce a beautiful photo.

A good photographer is able to take a photo from its RAW format and follow its route through to its file format (usually a JPEG) and keep their photos in some type of very manageable file system for retrieval. And if we’ve worked on the image (as in brightening, contrasting, exposure, saturation, cropping or any of those types of things,) then the photos go into other types of files that we must label and manage.

Photographers need to back up their photos should a loss occur. Our storage systems are digital vs. boxes of yesteryear which might seem easier but is also frightening  should a computer meltdown take place. Thus, the backup system. If I were to tell you that perhaps I worked 8 hours on one shot, I wouldn’t be stretching the truth. Some photos just may take a while. But some are quick.

“See Me”, seen below, is a composite that is layered, contrasted, saturated and played with for a while. Shot with a special imaging program, the original photo is meant to look blurred and surrealistic. What do you see in “See Me”?

See Me, kmc, 2012.

See Me, kmc, 2012.

“Open The Heavens” I shot last night while walking the dogs. The cloud formations were a beautiful peachy glow in a darkening blue sky. The clouds seemed to stand alone though as if they were just sitting there and I was standing on a hill taking a series of shots across the mountains. The shots were breathtaking.

When I looked at the pictures later that evening, they were all outstanding in color and cloud formation. They just needed cropping. But putting up just cloud pictures seemed mundane. So again, on to various programs to see what I could create. It seems as if the heavens are opening and beckoning to something down below. What do you see?

Open The Heavens, kmc, 2012.

Open The Heavens, kmc, 2012.

A lot of programs are available as apps today on android phones and the iphone for people to work on their photos and upload them to social sites. The apps are easy to use, with pre-set filters, applying preset contrast, exposure, brightness, saturation, more colors and special effects. You can now add banners to your pictures with a simple click. Digital photography is fun for everyone.

One word of advice I always share is to set your phone to  a “no location” option. Should you decide to share your photos on social sites and your photos are geo-tagged, anyone can pinpoint your exact location from the information embedded in the picture. In today’s world of stalkers and predators, it is important  not to share your personal location. This article will explain how to disable your location on any type of cellphone: There are also software programs that will also purify your photos of all information.  Remember to be safe.




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