David’s Exposure Tips

David Hodson, one of the 2011 “Thanks for Sharing Awards” winners, shared some of his workflow outside of the camera. Here’s what he had to say:

“Ninety percent of the time I shoot real film. I have a small compact camera that I occasionally use. When I use the compact, I turn up the image quality as high as I can.

When the film comes back from the lab or after I download digital files, my processing workflow is very similar for both kinds of photos. I open them with Photoshop Elements for colour corrections and minor touchups like dust spots, hairs, etc. While open, I’ll adjust for highlights/shadows too.

Exposure comes into play next to get that certain look. I often start with a classic discontinued film or some kind of vintage effect to make an image look older. Once I use Exposure, I’m basically finished. I’ll make re-sizing adjustments and save it to my flickr gallery.

For example, I immediately thought of B&W for this door shot. The original photo is fairly mundane. The industrial elements in the shot screamed ‘gritty’ to me. A high contrast setting in Exposure brought it to life. The final version makes me smile. I had a vision, and Exposure helped me nail it. This was my winning Flickr image with Alien Skin Software.

Here is another example. This one I shot with a 1933 Voigtländer Brillant on real Fuji NPH 400 film. The scene was an Edwardian re-enactment event. In post I chose Daguerreotype. It gave a slight sepia tint with pleasant grain.

Here is an image that I shot at a 1940s event. I usually use B&W settings, but I kept the colour. Kodachrome was around in the 1940’s and I wanted to stay true to the period.

As an avid film shooter, I have a broad range of product choices to achieve the looks that I’m after. Exposure opens up my options considerably. After a few mouse-clicks I end up with great-looking effects. It’s so easy to use!”

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One Response to David’s Exposure Tips

  1. Ken says:

    Thanks for another great paper on what makes us, us and what makes that us better.

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