I have guilty secret but I don’t think I’m alone. I’ve just started running a very basic cheap and cheerful enhance filter over some of my shots. But is post scan tweaking (PST) a good or bad thing ? And how much do you do ?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking full on HDR stuff here nor am I suggesting you photoshop your pics within an inch of their lives. I was struck how easy this was using windows 10 built in Photos App simple enhance slider (hit edit icon to get)
Take this shot of a memorial at the parish church of St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh. Taken on a Olympus PEN EE-2., the original is okay but just a bit flat, slightly soft and mildly underexposed.
I ran it through the enhance at the default setting to get this. I guess there is a sharpen and a contrast fiddle going on here but the image jumps out more (if you think too much I could have tone it down a bit)
For reference here is digital colour shot used with kind permission (thanks Ross)
This probably the boldest I’ve ever been but I have done more subtle tweaks before. I’ve used a range of editors over the years but most frequently the lightweight and free to use ifranview to edit my shots.
The commonest thing (and I suspect you to do this) is minor cropping and rotating of my images. I also have used the auto adjust colour option occasionally when the balance has been off ( I also sparingly use the sharpen feature from time to time and the level adjust options)
Used sparingly the image can be enhanced. T. A few of you might get annoyed here but each lab will have its own signiture to you images by their approach and scanning settings. Those scanner setting will affect you image. And back in the pre-digital days a lot of time was spent in the dark room manually ‘photoshopping’ blemishes out, buring or shading areas and adjusting colour balance, so really is this any different ?
But how much PST do you use and what tips do you have ?