Before & After

What are those things that most people in general are interested to know about a photographer or a photograph? Stuff that should top the list would be, IMO - what's in the camera bag (of others as well as himself), what settings were used for a particular shot (like its going to help you in any way whatsoever for getting the same image), what lighting setup was used and the before and after shots (or what some real photographers call straight from the camera and photoshopped images). I would keep it as before and after as I am a graphic designer and I don't give a shit about straight from camera images. I love fingering my images. Out of all of these, the only thing I consider to be reasonably useful to replicate is the lighting setup. But shallow details won't help much either.

I don't generally have a full shot of lighting setup for my shots, I don't have any top of the range pro glass or body to show in the camera bag either and that basic settings used are always added in my 500px uploads what is called EXIF data. So, as a photoshop guy in love with RAW files I would show some of the 'before & after' shots of my images so people can say 'aw he sucks as a photographer'.
Many times it works good as straight from camera but I have fun in editing as much as I enjoyed photographing. Sometimes I even re-edit very old images to bring new life into them and review how my taste of editing has changed or improved. Shall continue that stuff in the next post. Till then have a glance at some of the BEFORE and AFTER images below.
The above image shot low and wide and close to the waves. Front of the lens was splashed with water which I realized later and minor distortion correction plus the regular blacks, contrast, saturation enhancements and my fav bluish white balance.
The above image shot low and wide and close to the waves. Front of the lens was splashed with water which I realized later and minor distortion correction plus the regular blacks, contrast, saturation enhancements and my fav bluish white balance.
Bit of cropping and skin smoothing. Again a little WB adjustment. Breast enlargement. The major part in this image was removing the bubbles in water.
Something disappeared in the edit. I didn't want the tip of the mountain in this shot but changing location was not quiet a good idea here. Blacks, saturation, contrast enhancement is regular in most landscapes I do.
No white balance edit. Skin touch-up and darkening background to enhance the face and a square crop for a quick wrap to this image.
For this shot I was happy with the straight from camera thingy but kept scratching the image till I reached to the edited output.
Removing some obvious stuff. Reflector and few people in the background. A little vibrance, saturation, crop and done.
Again nothing wrong with straight from camera output but staring at it just did some selective blurring filters to play and overall contrast.