You can do better than what the camera gives you
I am a firm believer in the adage, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.” Fireworks are an excellent example. I got lots of great fireworks pictures last night at the SeaWorld (San Diego) Spectacular! fireworks show. However, each picture — bar none! — had something wrong with it…. underexposed, overexposed, too far away, too close, extraneous lights in the picture, people in the picture….
Fireworks, then, make a great case for using digital photo editing programs. To wit, below are pairs of pictures, the original first and my edited version second.
I used both Adobe Lightroom 4.1 and Corel PaintShop Pro X4 to do editing. I like the crop function and the clone functions in PaintShop Pro better than Lightroom and Photoshop, so I used PaintShop Pro to crop the pictures and clone streetlights, people, and extraneous light speckes out of the pictures. After saving the result, I went to Lightroom where I used the Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Blacks, and Clarity sliders (Love sliders, edible or not!) to get rid of smoke glare, overexposure, and underexposure.
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Posted on July 5, 2012, in Adobe, Corel, Digital photo editing, How I Did It, Manmade, Photos and tagged Adobe Lightroom 4.1, adobe photoshop cs6, corel paintshop pro x4, fireworks pictures. Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.