“Looks Like a Painting”

Recently I was asked, “Is there some special filter you use on your camera, to make your pictures look like paintings?” Have you ever posted an images on line and got a comment like “great photo, it looks like a painting”? What does this mean? Well it could mean that you photograph a lot of places that look like paintings. Or maybe, you are over processing your images. I will have to admit that sometimes its easy to want to make an image look good and I end up over processing to the point it doesn’t look real anymore. If you want to avoid the “looks like a painting” comments apply processing just to the point that the image looks pleasing and still real.
Okay I know there are some who would say “why process at all?”  If you shoot in RAW format some post processing is necessary (see samples below).

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RAW file without any processing

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Processed RAW file, added some sharpening, opened up the shadows and added a little punch to the yellows and greens.

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“Looks like a Painting”  Just a few clicks in Lightroom, its easy to get carried away.

Conclusion

I’m not saying that the “looks like a painting” look is bad, but just beware that its sometimes easy to get carried away with the post processing. There is a time for everything, the look will definitely work for some images and not for others.

So get out there and shoot, but be careful with the post processing.

 

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