In this post, I’d like to challenge you with something I faced a little while back: Creating a powerful black and white cityscape of Perth, Australia using this bland image:
First of all, I know what you’re thinking. “Where’s Perth!?”
Well, if you don’t happen to live in one of the most remote cities on the planet. Perth isn’t exactly on the world stage for its architectural qualities or mind-bending skyscrapers. Largely because, well, it doesn’t really have any.
Here’s the exact brief:
- Your goal is to create an image that stops thumbs mid-scroll.
- You have a workflow/editing system that is repeatable, and you would be able to recreate the look on multiple images.
- A copy of the final image will be featured in a financial magazine over a double page spread.
If you had to process the image to meet this brief, how would you do it? What would it look like?
When I was processing this image, I must have created 20 different versions. I was all over the place – aimlessly adjusting sliders and layers until, after a certain point, they all started to look the same. Whenever this happens I reach into my workflow to steady the ship and work out what to do next.
I created a plan.
Yes – It looks like my 2-year-old nephew went to town with his favourite marker pen. And no – it probably doesn’t make sense to anyone but me.
But believe it or not, creating this simplistic doodle made the process so much easier. There are thousands of ways to edit an image which is why post-processing is both art and science. But if you don’t start with a clear idea of how you want your image to look, it’s impossible to know what to do first. You’ll get caught up creating 20 different versions and forget where you’re headed.
I’ll share my final result with you next week. For now, regardless whether you’re a:
- Subtle ‘i-prefer-natural-looking-shots’ retoucher,
- a heavy handed ‘must-use-all-the-tools’ post processor; or
- a ‘I-don’t-even-know-what-I’m-doing-half-the-time’ editor
Give it your best shot and then send me a copy of your edit. I’ll get back to you with my comments and feature 3 that we can all learn from.
How did you find it? What did you notice in your workflow?
PS. If you know anyone who’d like to take part, please feel free to include them by sharing this post.