This fifth image is my take on Graham Smith?s documentary-style photographs from pubs and clubs and depicts the not-unfamiliar site of people socialising virtually in a real social setting. Titled ?Social?.
I took a few shots and selected this one as it was the most natural looking (thanks to Dave in the middle scratching his nose!). Shot on high ISO and f/8 so the exposure could be short enough to capture the action without blur.
I tweaked the contrast on this and adjusted highlights and shadows to avoid clipping in the darkest and brightest areas, and increased sharpness.
I also added some noise reduction. At ?screen size? it?s not noticeably noisy, but zoomed in it is noticeable. It?s actually not that major, but I felt I wanted to reduce it a bit. I think this one might be good to see in print to see how that translates to print; I suspect it won?t be that much of a problem….
So, having written the above I did print this. I was right in thinking the noise really wasn’t a problem when printed. There is a very slight grain to some of the flat, light, areas of the print but it certainly doesn’t detract from the image. Having printed this I’m reminded that a computer screen really isn’t a match for a printed image; it really does bring out the best in a picture. I have to admit it makes it difficult to be critical, but once I printed this I looked at it and thought “you know, that wouldn’t look bad on a wall!”.