The Littoral Series VI : On post processing – Miss Gloria

As I mentioned before, we were not allowed to post process during the week. All printed files were JPEG’s straight out of the cameras. Yet I decided to process them to post in order to retain the look of the blog. That brings the question of how much post processing should be allowed in reportage ? Traditionnally, pictures remained untouched with the look being either the one of the orginial B&W or color film. Yet, with the introduction of digital, more and more reporters have been altering their files in magnitudes bigger than just adjusting curves. It even seems that the notion of « artistic reportage » has emerged over the last few years.  I think this makes photography more interesting, as long as the processing is not above altering the scenes through adding or removing key elements. I am sure that a photoshop expert could have opened the BBQ grill below and added a few sausages cooking in smoke … were it the case, I think it would definitely be wrong.

Below are the JPEG and post processed version of a picture of a lady I met at Gloria beach. Note that the processing applied is completely different than my usual one since I usually only shoot raw (I did not use the raw + JPG version on my camera).  The look somewhat remains similar but I was not able to match it as raw files are much easier to work with and retain much more information.



Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO200, ND filter

6 Responses to “The Littoral Series VI : On post processing – Miss Gloria”

  1. Richard Clark dit :

    personally i find the post process images to be weak and lacking in the drama that the originals contain. I am loving this thread of your photocourse. As a thought I feel the subjects face is now less ‘cooked’ than the original which to me is a stronger story, that she should be ‘cooked’ by the sun next to the BBQ, just my thoughts :)

  2. Tibor dit :


    So far I have not commented on any of your posts, however I do follow-up your site regurarly and have even book marked it as I enjoy much your daily posts of the street life in Paris.

    Perhaps on this particular picture I would like to comment. I found the original picture to be a bit under exposed and I would personally prefer the 2nd post with your usual top notch post processing, although maybe a bit overexposed which makes the reds much lighter in comparaison.

    I guess in the digital era, you have to do some post-processing especially with RAW files, since they would look quite dull otherwise. (opposite with film) And a photography would never 100% reproduces the reality of things, starting with the B&W. So as long as you rightly said it’s not overly processed and has a certain style to it then all good.

    Thanks for sharing,


  3. alexander dit :

    I love your passion!
    please take us along your post-processing routine! I love your way of keeping the same look nomatter what you photograph!


  4. admin dit :

    Richard, I guess here it is about tastes and colors ;) Many people like pictures to be exactly like reality. In my case I prefer to alter them and add a personal touch. The original was indeed slightly under-exposed. I use my camera on all manual all week so I was sometimes slightly off in my interpretations of light.

    Tibor, good luck on your new blog, though at the beginning to post often, but after a while it is like second nature ! I love B&W, 90% of my photography books are in B&W but I prefer colors for my pictures.

    Alexander, mayb one day I will, but some secrets are to be kept ;)

  5. Kathleen dit :

    I know what the BIG secret is about… RED and BLUE added to each shot… right…?!?!?!?!?! :-P

    What do I win, Yanidel?!? An Amélie Poulain DVD with the green recolored in blue?!? ;-)

    Baci, Kate

  6. admin dit :


    Not bad … but not exactly the secret Miss Amélie ;)