Photography has undergone a revolution in the last 20 years. Digital cameras produce images that can be processed with powerful software right in our personal computers and cell phones. Digital post-processing is now just as much a part of the creative process as composing the shot and snapping the shutter. In fact, post-image-processing opens a whole new world of creative possibilities that is well worth your time investment. It also provides a means to give our images their own unique look and make them stand out in an ever-growing sea of photos.
This presentation highlights some examples of post-processing and will be in two parts: Part 1 will show “before-and-after” processed images with a brief explanation of how each was done. These examples will show the benefits of simple corrections, removing distractions, combining images, and applying artistic filters and distortions to the images. Part 2 will be a live demonstration on how to use two of Lightroom’s powerful development tools (the Adjustment Brush, and Transform) to make enhancements and corrections. If there is time, removing annoying distractions with Photoshop will also be demonstrated.
BIO of Mike Whalen
As a teen, Mike learned a few photography basics from his father, a photographer and artist. In 2002, he became interested in photography and purchased his first digital camera – a Kodak “point-and-shoot”. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when he purchased a basic Canon DSLR, that he began to see the potential of this “new” technology.
In 2009, Mike joined NVPS. Here, he met many talented people, happy to share their photographic knowledge. This was another turning point. At NVPS, he served on many board positions including President in 2013. From competing in many NVPS competitions, he received numerous annual awards including, “Photographer-of-the-Year”, “Color-Print-of-the-Year” and “Image-of-the-Year” at various times. In recent years, he also scored three cover shots on the Spring editions of Washington Gardener Magazine. He also won “People’s Choice award at Nature Visions in 2016 for his photo, “Charleston Plantation”. Mike donates his time regularly, as a pet photographer for the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and, volunteers as an event photographer for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition’s annual race-walk.
His inspiration comes from seeing the great works of his peers and images on popular photo websites. He thanks you for inviting him to speak and hopes you enjoy the presentation.