However, the above is no longer my default option for how to render photos. Yes, it’s full range and true to life. Instead, I now favor a lighter - brighter look such as shown in the below alternate rendering:
With this brighter look, everything is more uplifted. The emotional impact is 10X, and Ellie loved it!
Let’s try another image:
Unless, of course, we’re willing to break some rules and go after that same brighter aesthetic. Then you get the marvelous look below:
Does it work under every circumstance? Can you just lighten-up any photo and energize it like the above? Perhaps not, but let me try a photo that’s less summery white and tan to start with, and see how it goes …
Let’s compare it to one with the treatment I used above. The below image was more difficult to keep from going out of bounds, but here’s the result:
They both work, but the brighter image seems to have more emotional energy resulting from the glow in the room. However, not all photos will benefit from this post-processing. Darker, richer interiors than the above need to remain true to their spirit - Dark and rich. However, lighter styles seem to benefit most clearly.
I’d love to hear what you think! Please feel free to leave a comment below.