Articles - Post-Processing

Calvin Hollywood's "Freaky Detail"

Thursday, 23rd February, 2012

A German photographer by the very cool name of Calvin Hollywood some time ago devised a Photoshop post-processing technique called "Freaky Detail". Hollywood's technique intensifies local contrast and brings out details.  It is very handy when applied to subject matter such as rock shelves, timber jetties, or any other weathered, texture-laden surface whose details you [ read more ]

The Making of "The Smoking Gun"

Monday, 23rd January, 2012

Almost five years ago to this date, an old Flickr contact of mine, Rich Legg, created a photographic image of a smoking gun.  I was impressed, and I commented on his image at the time. I recently decided to have a go at this type of shot myself, and did so today. Rich used a [ read more ]

Post-Processing Tutorial: Water Intensification

Tuesday, 19th July, 2011

It has been a while since I published a post-processing tutorial, so given I am home, sick in bed today, and given I feel like sharing some of my post-processing techniques, now is as good a time as any. The name of the technique I will explain is "Water Intensification".  It is a technique I [ read more ]

HDR Generation: Raw or JPG?

Sunday, 29th May, 2011

I mentioned in my previous article that I produce my HDR images in Photomatix Pro by merging and tone mapping high-quality JPGs which I have produced by first converting my raw images in Adobe Camera Raw. In a discussion I had elsewhere, someone told me he only produces his HDR images from raw files, and [ read more ]

Some Thoughts on HDR Imaging

Wednesday, 25th May, 2011

The concept of HDR (high dynamic range) imaging is something that either elicits glee or horror. Over the last few years, thanks to software such as Photomatix Pro, it has been possible to automatically produce composite images using bracketed exposures in order to bring out rich detail which is impossible for a camera to capture [ read more ]