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Carlos Castro – jamming with Caribe & Friends

  • Caribe & Friends
  • Amati Cafe
  • Centro Histórico, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • November 22, 2013
  • Copyright, all rights reserved

For the past few months, I’ve been experimenting with post processing – with the photos you have been seeing. I use Adobe Lightroom (mostly) and it has a lot of flexibility, when you get the time to explore the many ways you can exploit the features it has. For a long time, I didn’t really try to go into some of the deepest features, simply because I didn’t have a lot of time to experiment and learn. So, I used Lightroom Presets as a starting point and varied from them as needed. That is a perfectly respectable way to do things, but it limits you because the first thing you see when you engage a preset is the view the preset was designed for. Your vision can easily become lost in the search for a preset that is in the same general direction and can be easily varied to match your vision more closely.

For me, those days are gone now. I don’t mean that I won’t use presets sometimes, but now I have full control over all the aspects of the photo I can alter with post processing. I don’t need to start from another point of view and try to make it my own. So – this picture is a proclamation (of sorts) that we have arrived. I can now vary the color response and shade the way I would do with filters, film stocks, and printing back in the days of chemicals and film. And in fact, I have a lot more control because I can vary multiple color response curves at the same time – as I did in this photo. For people with film experience imagine being able to pick the best response from a combination of ortho, pan and litho, filters (multiple), contrasts, sharpness and detail, papers, paper emulsions, and toners – all in post processing. Its like being able to go back and re-shoot the original. It’s scary (a little) and fun (a LOT).

So in celebration – I give you two new features – in addition to more photos, my way. There are now two additional menu items at the top of the page – the Jazz Gallery and the Photo Walks Gallery. They are self-explanatory – so take a look – I hope you enjoy them.