SOOC - is this always best ?

posted May 20th, 2012
I was very thrilled with the results I achieved SOOC with this photo.


However, I am at logger heads with myself as to whether or not I should post process it for a 'brighter result'.

What would you do and how would you go about doing it (I am rather new to post processing and would really appreciate the assistance). I have used PicMonkey a few times.

Much appreciated :))
Thanks
posted May 20th, 2012
This looks excellent as-is, but I would be curious to see what would happen if you lightened it up a little and tweaked the contrast and blacks just a tiny bit; I would try to get the green to have more of an "internal glow" perhaps.
posted May 20th, 2012
I agree with Aaron. Just give it ago and see if you like it... remember.. photography is about what you like and feel is best for your shot. If you can afford photo software..please give Lightroom ago....it's amazing. :)
posted May 20th, 2012
keep a copy of it first incase you loose it in the processing. Playing with editing tools is something to have fun with, you don't have to keep the end product if you don't like it :)
posted May 20th, 2012
Oh and I am new to it also, most of the time I hate what I conjure up. But I'm not scared to try out new things.
posted May 20th, 2012
I don't think sooc is always best...i would also tweak the blacks and the contrast. Awesome shot, but i bet you can really give it a nice kick if if you tweaked it just a little.
posted May 20th, 2012
@grizzlysghost @veg66 @sugarmuser @jreyna
Thank you all for your comments and suggestions.

I have had a go at 'tweaking' it in both Picmonkey and Picasa and this is what I came up with.
Would you still do anything different ? Can you show me what you would do with this image. Thanks again :))

posted May 20th, 2012
How's this...just a little tonemapping
posted May 20th, 2012
Sorry...couldn't resist that. I actually like the unedited version best.
posted May 20th, 2012
I have no suggestions as I'm not much of an editer but out of those posted I prefer the original unedited version.
posted May 20th, 2012
SOOC is not always "best," but this shot looks great without processing. I'd up the contrast a bit, and maybe give it a little more saturation. But don't go crazy.
posted May 20th, 2012
@swilde That's awesome Sue. Have no idea how you did it and I am definately in favor of the original no matter how much editing I do to it. Thanks for your contribution.
posted May 20th, 2012
@kjarn Thanks Kathy.

@gurry Thanks Gary I appreciate the input. :))
posted May 20th, 2012
For what its worth;-) i like the uneditted version
posted May 20th, 2012
I have an image that I posted SOOC yesterday but it is slightly over exposed due to a very light subject and grey skies, I have adjusted the Image for myself and it looks much better but I strive to get it right in camera and next time I am presented with a similar scenario I will hopefully remember to under expose.

I think it is all about what you personally are happy with, that is a very good image as it is but I would be tempted to lower the brightness if it were mine.
posted May 20th, 2012
@mortisa Thanks Jane.

@teamoliver Thanks Eddie&Jamie.
posted May 20th, 2012
Hi. I just played with it in Picmonkey and I liked it when in exposure I upped the shadows quite a bit, and upped the highlights not anything like so much. Then in colour I upped the saturation a bit just to get the green to pop a bit more. Don't know how to upload what I did without posting to my project... I'm not an expert in editing but I do enjoy playing around until I get what I like. It's a very personal thing. Go have fun!!!
posted May 20th, 2012
@joannapayne Would love to see it Joanna. Could you put it in your other album on and older date ? Thanks for having a go all the same and for your input :))
posted May 20th, 2012
Done!
posted May 20th, 2012
@joannapayne Cool. Thanks, I like it. :))
posted May 20th, 2012
I often find that all I have to do is to up the contrast, apart from cropping or straightening. My photos often have a sort of grey haze to them which increased contrast clears up. Makes everything sharper, if that's what you want of course!
posted May 20th, 2012
@joannapayne I think I like the one Joanna edited best, just seems a bit sharper and deeper in colour. The original is great too though.
posted May 20th, 2012
@joannapayne Thanks again Joanna. Much appreciated.
@newbie Thanks Stacey.
posted May 20th, 2012
The only thing I'd be tempted to do with the pic is get rid of the very slightly reddish color cast. It's really subtle, but if you put it into GIMP, or PS, or NX2 and adjust toward cyan just a smidge and then warmth just a smidge you will see the red go away.
posted May 20th, 2012
SOOC is not always best, but we should try to do what we can in camera. Great shot!
posted May 20th, 2012
SOOC is sexy! All my photos are SOOC. That was one of the rules I made for myself for my project. Your photo looks awesome! Can't believe it's SOOC.
posted May 20th, 2012
@mikehamm I agree. You can do this in Picmonkey too, in Curves. Choose blue and drag the curve down and right a bit. Do the same with red and you get a more neutral grey background.
posted May 20th, 2012
are you shooting raw or jpeg? cause unless you are shooting raw there is not true sooc as with jpeg the camera is making all sorts of choices for you.
posted May 20th, 2012
here's a good article explaining the difference b/w jpg and raw with visuals. if you are shooting raw and are aware of all of this... then a big never mind. :) http://www.slrlounge.com/raw-vs-jpeg-jpg-the-ultimate-visual-guide
posted May 20th, 2012
Sharyn, I think your original picture is awesome.
posted May 20th, 2012
@cfrantz Thanks for th tips, I will look into it. For this shot it as actually taken with my Nokia mobile phone. I wasn't able to get the desired shot with my Kodak camera. Still waiting to purchase a dslr. Thanks again.
posted May 21st, 2012
@mikehamm thanks Mike. I hadn't noticed the red part honestly. It must have reflected back off the container I was using to hold the spoon up. Will make sure I look for this next time. Thanks :))

@cfitzgerald Thanks Courtney :)

@remirixjones Thanks Remi. I have been very careful not to process mine also (although some are just a little tweaked). This one is actually straight out of phone (took this shot on my Nokia mobile phone). Appreciate your thoughts. :))

@joannapayne Thanks Joanna. Appreciate the help :)

@henrir Thanks soo much Henri :))
posted May 21st, 2012
from your PHONE?! OMG. Why oh why do we bother with expensive cameras? (oh, that'll be because I have an ancient iPhone!) Seriously, that is amazing!
posted May 21st, 2012
@joannapayne - lol Thanks again Joanna. Yes from my phone. My little P&S camera doesn't do macro very well and I wanted to get closer to the jelly than it would allow so out came the phone. Glad you like it. :))
posted May 21st, 2012
@sewsharyn You took that with a phone?! D:> I am not worthy! *Begins worshiping at your feet* :P
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