Travel Photography Smoke & Mirrors

Before Photoshop

Before Photoshop

After Photoshop

After Photoshop

While most professional travel photographers would like you to think that every picture they take is perfect, most of us just aren’t THAT good. Granted; Ansel Adams, Clyde Butcher and a host of other talented photographers were/are that good, but they’re in the minority. Much like magicians, many of today’s modern photographers rely on a little smoke and mirrors in the form of image editing software. The most popular is Adobe Photoshop, which allows the user to manipulate an image without limits.

As shown in the sample images, my original image was extremely underexposed and unusable. I washed it through Photoshop, adjusting the saturation, vibrance, exposure, white balance, cropping and a few other variables and voila, a pretty decent pic. Although most of my images don’t start out quite this bad, it does happen.

So, the moral of the story is; don’t be discouraged if your travel photos aren’t as nice as the ones in your favorite travel magazine. You might just be missing a little digital help.