Taking pictures during an event, trying to capture important moments, is half the battle. My job doesn’t stop at the end of the event. There’s still so much to do!
Consumer or Prosumer cameras will usually give finished images, so the user will not have to do any post processing to the images. The resulting images are usually satisfactory unless they encounter difficult lighthing situations. On the other hand, professional cameras, depending on the settings, usually give raw image which looks bland. This is actually intentional since professional photographers have different styles and will want the finished images to have a certain look that seems “cool” to them.
Let’s use the analogy of professional chefs. They wouldn’t want a finished or half finished cuisine to work on, right? They would want to start from raw ingredients, so they will be free to do whatever they want according to their own styles.
I will not talk about my style here. For this article, I want to show how I usually do my post processing.
This is a sample of a raw image, straight from the camera.