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Post Processing

Although I enjoy photography as an escape from the daily grind, I can't fully distance myself from being a photographic geek when it comes to cameras and gears. I have subscribed numerous camera review channels on YouTube and can spend hours reading/watching about various old and new cameras. Especially, most of the brand new digital cameras, they tend to show off their amazing new sensor, super fast shutter speed, and high ISO capabilities resulting in amazing low light performances ... then, I start to scratch my head thinking that post-processing I do nowadays is done to degrade the quality of photo to have a so-called 'vintage film look'.

The Funny thing is that I still love working with RAW files to start with, and the first processing I do is always de-noising an image. Even when I'm almost certainly sure that I'm heading for a coarsely grained result, somehow I like to start with a picture with least amount of noise. It's just like preparing a white canvas.

Once de-noising is done, now it's time to make a mess on a canvas. Exposure, contrast, white balance, curve, highlights, shadows, blacks, whites, clarity, vibrancy, saturation and so on. Although I just listed the whole right column of Lightroom, I usually do use 3-5 of them on each photo. However, after all, these careful fine tunings, I usually end up turning it into BW then add grain or using VSCO preset to it. Probably it's a right time to say, "Why the fuck am I doing this?"

In the end, my goal is to have a photo that I like to look at. How I get there is entirely up to me as it seems so easy to lose myself in the pool of digital tools ...

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