Straight Print to Finished Print: The Untold Story
By BH Event Space Videos
Published: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:26am
Chip Forelli presents before-and-after images (straight print and finished print) from his personal collection and from assignment work. His workshop students say that this is the most enjoyable and one of the most informative components of the workshops he teaches. When Forelli took several workshops years ago, he always wanted to see the unworked images as the instructor showed his or her final prints. The digital capture (or the film image) is totally objective—it seldom communicates the emotional reaction we experience when we take the photograph.
This is the reason students wonder why their photographs fall short of their expectations—what’s missing is the emotional component. Working on the straight image in Photoshop or in the darkroom brings us back to what we felt when we took the photograph initially, and hopefully, that emotion will be communicated through the finished image.
Many people put a limited amount of work into an image and end up not being satisfied with the results. They are simply not aware of how much can be done to communicate the emotion that caused them to press the shutter release in the first place. Ansel Adams was the inspiration for Forelli’s black-and-white landscape work, and the spirit of his work is addressed in this video.