Lighthouse at Portland Bill and the old boat winch in the early morning sun, near Weymouth, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.

It’s all about the light and not just about Photoshop….

While many believe that Photoshop is some kind of magic tool for photographers, it isn’t. The light is our magic tool. It determines from the very start how our image will look.

These two photos were taken one after another and are unedited, straight from the RAW file. You can see how the change in light has made a world of difference to the scene.

Lighthouse at Portland Bill and the old boat winch in the early morning sun, near Weymouth, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.

Lighthouse at Portland Bill and the old boat winch in the early morning sun, near Weymouth, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.

Lighthouse at Portland Bill and the old boat winch in the early morning sun, near Weymouth, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.

Lighthouse at Portland Bill and the old boat winch in the early morning sun, near Weymouth, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England.

Be patient, wait for the light……………………..

See how the boat and ground in the second image is richer in colour and contrast. The light alone has done this.

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t use Photoshop. All photos needed to be edited and processed, but it begins at the shooting stage. Getting it right there and then is more important than the editing stage, which is secondary.

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