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Exploring the Possibilities

Not "How to", but the What and Why of
post-processing decisions

Audio introduction to this series (Brooks' podcast LW1188 - Exploring the Possibilities)

There are plenty of "how to" websites and YouTube tutorials that can help you understand the software and mechanics of image processing. However, these can be frustrating if the they never tell you why they use some technique! In this series of videos with Brooks Jensen, you'll view images from LensWork readers and submissions as Brooks explores the processing possibilities and the reasons for his choices. Of course, there are always a myriad of directions to take an image in post-processing — that's why there are no right answers, but lots of ways to explore the possibilities! These are not image critiques, but discussion about why processing decisions can make a more impactful image.

Below you'll see examples of the photograph provided, then the same image after Brooks has explored one possibility. If you'd like one of your images to be considered for this series, see the submission instructions. We may not be able to use it, but it's impossible if you don't send it in. Thanks!

More than one right answer

etp-022
Runtime 4:23

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Dark Waters

etp-021
Runtime 5:44

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Go with the Feeling

etp-020
Runtime 5:55

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Making dramatic light with cloud shadows you add

etp-019
Runtime 6:54

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It's Not What You See, It's What You Make

etp-018
Runtime 7:07

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Earth Nudes

etp-017
Runtime 5:44

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From mountain scene to post-apocalyptic

etp-016
Runtime 4:58

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Three moods from the same image capture

etp-015
Runtime 9:06

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Processing for the project

etp-014
Runtime 3:53

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Orchestrating the Light

etp-013
Runtime 4:37

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Ghost Fish

etp-012
Runtime 5:19

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Advance Featured PDFs

etp-011
Runtime 12:04

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Making Why to Make Non-quadrilateral Photographs

etp-010, version 2
Runtime 13:59

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Using Layout to Express an Idea

etp-009
Runtime 6:46

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Creating a Stitched Image for a Large Print

etp-008
Runtime 5:26

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Backgrounds

etp-007
Runtime 9:47

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Circular Logic

etp-006
Runtime 5:00

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Revisiting a project

etp-005
Runtime 4:52

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Eliminate the conflicting elements

etp-004
Runtime 5:16

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A little cleaning up

etp-003
Runtime 5:15

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A Few More Introductory Examples

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Runtime 15:13

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Introduction

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Runtime 11:34

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