Pigeons

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Reader Graham Long (no relation) sends in an image that he titled "An Almost Quite Good Photo." As he describes it: "the shot was taken at Granville Island in Vancouver. My wife took the kids for a bite to eat and I rattled off more than 250 ill-considered shots in about 15 minutes." Graham’s experience shows the merit of heavy shooting, as his blitzkrieg approach delivered an image that truly is almost quite good. However, there are just one or two issues that keep it from being a an outright quite good photo, and in this Before and After we’re going to discuss what those issues are, and explore some ways that you can fix them in an image editor.

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Lit Building

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Learning to spot a potential photograph is one of the most difficult parts of becoming a better photographer. Complicating the process is the fact that the photograph you take is often not a finished product, but simply the raw material that you’ll use to construct a final image. Very often, the world will present you with scenes that are good potential photographs, not perfect finished images. Learning to recognize the potential image that exists in a scene is a function of experience, and an understanding of what is possible with your chosen camera and image processing tools.

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Lighthouse

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I shot this lighthouse image in the German coastal town of Warnemunde. Though I was happy enough with the composition, the hard afternoon light makes for a rather flat scene that’s kind of boring. Using a single Photoshop tool, though, it was possible to produce a much more dramatic image. This tutorial will explain how I did it.

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Night Tree

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This image from our masthead began as a long-exposure image shot in the middle of the night. Converting it into a usable image involves a simple, yet time-consuming process.

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Prague Buildings

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Another masthead image, this cityscape needed more work than simple cropping, it needed contrast and depth. Contrast is easy, thanks to a simple Levels adjustment, but trying to give the image more depth requires more of a painterly approach.

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