I was messing around with Adobe’s ability to add grain to digital images. This is an interesting concept to me, because why other than for reasons of texture/aesthetic, fidelity, masking a filter, or technological nostalgia. For this image, I rode the grain right up to where I thought I started to notice it and then backed off.1 While I know how to color correct film and video, I don’t really know the best practices for correcting a photograph in Adobe Raw. I hit auto correct and then move the sliders around until things feel good. I did recalibrate my monitor before working on the image. I typically do not recalibrate my monitor because I fear it’s out of whack, but because I too often accidentally hit the brightness keys on F1 and F2.
This image is a little dark, but I liked that. I shot the photo with a GH5, 25mm lens at f/1.4 and ISO of 200.
I approach the addition of reverb to dry sound effects similarly; I ride the reverb right up to where I hear it and back off. ↩