Photoshop Crime or Artistic Beauty?

Having graduated with a first class degree in Photography, a painful lesson is learned very early on; a bad shot is a bad shot.

Sure, a little tweaking and adjustment can be beneficial, but a full scale rescue of an image is destined for ridicule by onlookers and peers.

Occasionally we see stunning images that have been heavily ‘Photoshopped’, but, sadly, we are more likely to see some photoshop horrors.

So we set out to find an already popular image from our portfolio and wizz it through one of our favourite editing packages Nik Color Effects Pro to see if we add or subtract from the original shot.

Before (Optimised in Lightroom 4)

IMG_7408After (NIK Color Effects Pro – Solarization)


The Verdict?

We remain undecided ourselves.  The NIK effect is dramatic, but, in our opinion it changes the photograph into a graphic.  We like it, but it is an extreme treatment that perhaps succeeds only because of the subject.  (In this case, Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom).  A slightly different subject and the heavily graphical effect would look very out of place.

Let us know what you feel about the two versions, we’d love to hear more!


Great Vacation Rental Home Photography – Gets the bookings for owners!

Over the course of a year, a good vacation rental home can reach more than 60% occupancy for an owner.  Perfect for bringing in the cash to pay for vacations or upkeep that mortgage!

Owners with fantastic homes however are often staggered that their lovely home doesn’t appear to ‘book out’ as well as their neighbouring properties.

It’s not the decor, the size of the pool or the direction that the sun its the pool deck area that causes the dearth of income.  Quite simply, it’s that awful photography that they blindly snapped away on their point and shoot camera (or worse still, their cell phone!)

Here’s what a great picture can look like for one of totalorlando’s luxury vacation homes, it’s a million miles away from the dull dark snaps that you often see on most homeowner’s private websites!


Our Pick of the Best Orlando Theme Park Photos


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Here’s a sample of our stunning photography for we love working for them!  Taking pictures all day and being part of the world’s most popular tourist destination is a dream job! We envy our colleague that shoots for their Luxury … Continue reading