Photography – Don’t Be Afraid To Pay For Help.
Something has been bothering me for some time. I took the following HDR photo on one of my bike rides along the Han River a couple of years ago.
I always felt that it was one of my best photo’s, but upon showing it to a fellow photographer I was disappointed right away that he noticed the image plagued with halos, which are quite common with HDR photography. It really stands when it is printed, and this is really a photo that I would love to have on my wall.
While the photo has won awards on Pixoto and Gurushots. I do not feel it has gotten the ranking it has deserved, and I believe that to be because of the the halos.
Honestly, my photoshop skills are not that great so I decided to start looking around for a service that could correct the photo for me at a reasonable cost. Searching around the web led me to COLOR EXPERTS International, Inc. It appeared from their web site that they offered exactly what I was looking for, the question now all came down to cost.
After a quick chat with their service representative I was instructed to upload my photo and they would have a graphic artist take a look at it and offer a price. I received a quote of $30.90 within a couple of hours. At that price, why not! My only concern was that I had originally exported the JPEG from Lightroom with the settings I use for posting photos on my blog. I wanted a full quality JPEG, so off went another email. They advised that a higher quality photo could up the price, but go ahead and upload the newer photo and they would let me know. The full quality JPEG did not alter the cost, and less than 2 days later I received the corrected photo.
No more HALO’s. This is the photo I had always wanted! I quickly replaced the image on Pixoto, and in less than 24 hours it is already my 3rd highest ranked photo! I am hoping to finally beat my best photo!
If you have a photo that you feel its potential is not being met due to imperfections that are beyond your skill to fix. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get help, even if you have to pay to get it! I would highly recommend COLOR EXPERTS International INC, They are Courteous, Fast, and do great work!
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