Adjusting the photo
Another derelict image. When viewed with the human eye the vista of openings was full of a travelling depth through to the window at the back and out at the other side. When photographed with my pocket Canon Ixus – she of the previous blur problems which were probably condensation – this is the resulting image. Flat. Not holding the intensity of the Russian doll look the eye had seen, nor the sharp edges to the oblong shapings that gave it the telescopic effect.
The books I’ve got say that you should clip/adjust the top and bottom of the histogram of your digital images. This was done: then the same was carried out on selected oblongish areas, along with the odd midtone adjustment, in an attempt to bring back some of the original visual intrigue.
The only other adjustments made are tipping it more towards the viewer and subsequently cropping it back from the distortion edges.
It could so with more care taken as it’s lost an element of detail in the lath ceiling, but it was six and two threes between losing that and getting more depth. With more care and knowledge you could make a better job of it.
Results give different atmospheres and the second seems to have more depth but possibly a tad too dark in this size to do more than peer into the back room.
Having started fiddling with atmospheres, here are a ‘social study of early living standards’ photo and an engraving for an illustration of a gothic tale with nice textural details.
- Histogram adjustments etc –this is an illustrated ‘How to’ talking about using Paint Shop Pro, my software of preference, but the principles are the same in most software and this article is in plain English.
- Image histogram –what is a histogram