Appreciate the magic you guys do...
I have been following this forum from some time now. Every now and then a post starts with a normal photo and by the end of the day it turns extra-ordinary.
Beaches transform, sun comes out of no where, skin becomes smooth, something gets added between subject and background, colors change, and so much more.
Couple of recent threads/photos that left me in awe:
These are just some threads I can see on the first page of forum posts.
It all appears magical to me.
I try moving sliders in AfterShot and sometimes with hit and trial I get a decent photo. I tried GIMP. Tried following a face smoothing tutorial using wavelet decomposition, and failed. Lesson learnt that this is not child play. You guys have mastered this art - actually I feel PP is an art in itself which you guys have mastered.
Most important of all, I learnt it is not just shooting a good photo with camera, but also the PP that goes after that. Both shooting and PP are important skills to have good photos (I know people are divided over - to PP or not to PP).
Well I will continue to read the forum posts and practice on GIMP - hopefully will learn how to utilize it better and do some magic as you guys do.
This post is a just to appreciate the great work that happens in this forum and to thank members contributing here. These posts are great learning resources for beginners. Specially in terms of ideas of what can be done.