You've probably heard the terms "post-production", "post-processing" or just "post" about movies, but they also apply – and are just as important – to photography. Let's break it down what they mean.
The three terms – post-production, post-processing and post-are, short of Hollywood films, essentially interchangeable. “Production” is what happens on the set or at the place; this is what you do when you walk around with your camera in your photo or video shooting. The "post-production" is therefore all that happens after the end of the shooting, the "post-processing" is all the processing carried out after the end of the shooting and "post" is the & # 39; abbreviation of both.
What is the post office?
So, we have established above this post, everything that happens after a shoot, but what does that imply? In most cases, this involves some (or all) of the following:
- Import all the material you filmed and save it.
- Going through all the material you’ve shot and select the right things.
- For videos, edit all the different clips in one movie.
- For videos, add music and resolve sound issues.
- Color correction, brightness, contrast and other basic exposure settings.
- Solve problems such as twisted horizons, Distortion, dust spots, or imperfections.
- Apply a shade of color or similar stylistic adjustments.
- Prepare photos or videos for export and print, share, or publish them to the web.
The amount of post-processing involved and the total duration depend on the project. A short film shot by a professional will spend months in post-production, each step being repeated several times, however, I can process a few dozen photos in an hour – as long as I do no major editing.
Here is an example of an image I took through the above steps in about 20 minutes. Here's what it looked like straight out of the camera (I also had a few other similar photos that I dismissed in the post).
And here's what it looks like afterwards.
Note, the above list is far from a complete list of post-production steps. There are basically endless things you can do for a photo or movie being published, it just depends on what you are trying to achieve.
Why post-processing is important
Post-production is at least as important as actual production. It's a big part of doing a good job for several reasons.
Publishing is an opportunity to fix the little issues you overlooked in the place, to correct color and exposure, and in general, just make sure your work looks good and professional. Digital cameras are not perfect and they make a lot of assumptions about the world, so this is your chance to adapt to them.
In post, you can put your mark on your work. It's your chance to make your photo of the same tourist spot that everyone visits a little different. You can develop a consistent look, either for this job or for all of your work. For example, here are two of my skiing photos. Although filmed more than a year apart, they are modified to be part of the same collection.
Here's the first one.
And here is the second.
Post-production also allows you to prepare your work for different media. Facebook clog all the images that you download but you can take steps to minimize the loss of quality. On the other hand, if you plan to print your work, you have to do completely different things.
Although post-processing certainly gets a lot more attention than before, it should be noted that it is not new. All the great film photographers – and all film directors – have spent at least as much time in post-production as in filming.