I tell people all the time and teach those in my Macro Boot Camps how important it is to have image processing tools and learn how to use them. All the best photographers do great post processing. It doesn’t come out of the camera finished, it just gives you a starting point. If you don’t have processing tools, stop buying more cameras, and lenses, and invest in software.
Here is a perfect example of a very bland colorless image, that was transform into a colorful detail image. This is a lid to a jewelery box I bought at a shell shop in Florida. I could see some faint colors in the subject, and knowing how the Nik Software Color Efex Pro works, it would pull out those colors.
Here is the image straight from the camera. Pretty boring.
I used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4, and applied three different filters and ended up with this finished image.. A huge difference from the original, the software pulled out the colors, details, and added depth which gives it a more realistic three dimensional feel.
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