I once write about the freedom of photography, how it allow us to be free to choose what we want to do. But there always a guidence that help us find a good way. What I’m about to tell you is probably the basic of the basic of photography and you already done it, even if you don’t realize it.
For first step is what I always called pre-processing. This is what we suppose to do even long before we take the actual shot. Basically it means preparation. It included:
- What camera you should bring?
- What gears you should bring?
- How do you bring all of your photography gear?
- Where are you going?
- How do you get there?
- How is your location?
- What do you want to photograph?
- What additional items that you should bring?
All this planning probably kinda complicate. But trust me, it is important. Especially if you’re into landscape photography, I thing this is the most important step to understand and follow.
This step is the actual step of photography, where you take the shot. But of course as a photographer, or should I say a good photographer, just simply point-and-shot is a no no (sometime it works though). You have to think through what do you gonna photograph. It included:
- What do you want photograph?
- How do you want to photograph?
- When do you want to photograph?
- What gear to use in the photograph?
- How to set your camera?
- How many time do you gonna photograph?
Processing step will be different for every kind of photography. And you should learn it more from experience or read the internet.
Now for this last step, post-processing, probably the step that many photographer (amateur mostly) didn’t do. Because it’s not about photography and taking a shot anymore. But its about how do you make the photograph you previously shot, look greater. And it is done using computer software, and that is not a simple thing to do.
In this digital era, we would do it on our computer. But long ago, in analog era, photographer use the darkroom for their post-processing.
Now what do you have to consider in post-processing:
- What software do you use?
- What do want your photograph look like?
- How do you do it?
Trust me when I say, post-processing is not a thing you can learn in an instant. It need a lot use for you to actually understand it. Take me for example, It took me almost two years to actually use Adobe Lightroom properly and fully.