In a studio, you might shoot
and re-shoot until you're satisfied.
But you can't do that at a sporting event!
(Nor can you ask the people at a family gathering
or street scene to "hold still" while you shoot
over and over until everything is right.)
Most of the time, everything will not be right!
So what can you do?
I have two rules:
1) Position yourself so the light will be
right when it hits your subject.
2) Shoot lots of pictures! This makes it
likely that some will be very good.
But what if you only have one photo of a particular
moment or subject--and that photo is marred?
Can you salvage that photo?
Often, the answer is yes.
Here's how I turned an unusable photo into one
that's pretty good. Not great--but "good enough."
Here's the original photo:
She doesn't add anything to the picture!
So let's subtract her:
We didn't need her in the picture.
(How did I remove her? I had another
photo of the street, with no one on it.
I just copied part of that empty street
and pasted it onto the original photo.)
But your eye is still not drawn to the runner!
That house in the background
seems to be the subject.
So let's crop the photo,
to make the runner more prominent:
But I find the runner's singlet and face are too dark.
Let's lighten them, and enhance the overall contrast:
this photo is good enough!
1) We removed distractions.
2) We cropped to make the subject more prominent.
3) We adjusted shadows, highlights, and contrast.
Pretty simple. But very effective!