It's often said that the devil is in the details. Well, photography is no different. Getting the right exposure, the right light, the right angle, and the best details are key to a great photograph.
This post is an entry for Dick Greenburg's contest, "2017 ActiveRain Photography Contest" and is in the Real Life, People category. A bit late to the party, but here we go!
Photography is not my specialty. I'll just put that right out there! Photography for me is a point and click with my cell phone for personal photos and whipping out a credit card for professional photos. Professional photographers generally get the right photo for what I'm looking for. If it requires my attention, I'll be there with them to make sure we get the right angle if I know something specific is needed.
Personal photos are a bit different. I've learned it's very important to be steady when taking cell phone photos as I don't use a tripod or anything to steady me while taking a photo. Leaning on a wall, supporting myself in any way possible is the best for clarity.
Lighting and time of day are critically important so as not to have shadows, clear images, and great backgrounds.
For this contest, I searched my old photos for one that could definitely uste improvement. The location is McCormick Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. This park is ideal for getting together with family and friends for an outdoor day of fun! This is the "before" photo taken in 2010. Very blurry, fuzzy in fact!
The next photo was edited using Windows 10 software. As I mentioned, I'm not a wizard but the latest Windows 10 photo editing software comes to my rescue frequently! Here's the edited photo.
There are slight differences that aren't always as visible until I ponit them out. Take a close look at my daughter's and granddaughter's silhouttes on the far left (pink top, hands in the air; granddaughter in pink top). Notice their skin tone and brightness.
We don't always get to pick the best spot for a fast moving photo, hence a bit of the fuzziness. I might have missed this gem if I'd have waited for the train to circle back! Being still is very important with cell phone photos. Lean against a wall, a post, or someone else for better images.
This is a minor detail, but imagine what that feature can do to a home you are trying to highlight! The clarity is also slightly better. It isn't always easy to correct old cell phone photos, but the small changes help to show family at their best!
If a 7 year old photo can be improved, you can bet there are lots of either improvements that can be made.