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Is there a place for Instagram-esque post processing in UW photography?


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#1 mcliffy2

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 07:54 AM

I'm curious what people think.  My personal view had been that Instagram degrades photos in a way that can admittedly look cool on very small screens (e.g., an iPhone), but in the end, was not something that was viable for "real" photography.

 

However, I recently purchased the Nik Collection of PS plug-ins.  There are many professional photographers that I admire (e.g., Tony Wu) who are big proponents of Nik.  Some of the filters in the Nik Collection, especially in Color Efex, reminded me a bit of Instagram.  I started playing with them and begrudgingly admit they are kinda fun, and I like some of the results, even if they aren't exactly "realistic."  Here's one sample of a photo I ran through the Detail Extractor in Color Efex (to bring out the texture in the water surface), and then a Sepia preset in Silver Efex.  It is a bit hyper-stylized, but I think I kinda like it, in a guilty-pleasure kind of way. 

 

So what do people think?  Is this type of Instagram-esque post-processing cheesy?  Or is it a viable way to add some variety to our UW photos?   I have thick skin -- its OK if the consensus hates this picture and everything like it.  I'm more just curious what people think on this topic.

 

 

 

 

 



#2 Cary Dean

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 11:40 AM

It's a nice image. Don't know if I like it sepia toned...

Why shouldn't you be able to process your images as you

see fit. It is your art after all.

I know many who take DSLR shot images and post to Instagram

as a social media marketing tool. I still prefer the mobile image

acquisition behind it though. Up to you I imagine.


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#3 Alison Perkins

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 07:31 PM

I find myself liking it. But I wonder if I saw the original whether I might like that more...?

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:42 AM



I find myself liking it. But I wonder if I saw the original whether I might like that more...?

 

Here is the original (without the sepia filter from Silver Efex).

 

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 09:48 AM

Personally, I like the sepia one a lot more probably because it looks a lot less like the 10,000 other hammerhead photos out there. Good job I think.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 06:08 PM

I like the sepia better, brings out the main shark. You could be onto something. Play with some more. :-)

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 01:21 PM

Eh... not my thing but to each his own. I personally draw a line at "mason jars".



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 01:24 PM

I hav nothing against being creative in this way.  There is a place for hyper realism and a place for personal interpretation.

 

With this particular image, I am not loving the sepia tone.  It would be interesting to see it in black and white, perhaps with high contrast and dynamic range like Ansel Adams' style