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Hard and fast rules ... never ... well maybe just one for me.
"What's your point?" "What's the message you want to convey to your viewer?"
In that regard, my "rule" is know your message. Then you can approach your pp to maximize your message (and it is YOUR message), minimize your detractors from your message ... whatever they may be (message/detractors), and convey your message. (Images are non-verbal communication/message.)
When a person writes a speech, song or poem, they craft the words, punctuation and tone of delivery to convey their message. We do the same with our compositions with hue, tones, contrast, etc. How delicate or strong you want your image to speak to people is your choice. Sometimes a whisper can be "louder" than a scream. Contrast can be a similar consideration. Matching your pp decisions to your message (imo) are key to delivering your message.
There is a "technically correct" or standard/conventional/normal way to present a recorded image, and there are "universally accepted" approaches ... but if your message is more about the mood/ambiance/vibe/presence, then your pp isn't necessarily going to warrant following those "technically correct" or "universally accepted" processes. Rather I consider how it harmonizes or contradicts with your message.
That being said ... I find the haze (veiling flare) to be somewhat harmonious with the lighting/time of day. If we are taking a picture of the horse as a portrait of the horse, then the haze interferes. If we are taking a picture to reflect the ambient conditions relative to the time of day, then it is a piece of the message for me. How much you want to balance between the two ... your message, your call.
For me, a bit warmer to get rid of the blue cast in some areas and a touch of sharpening to the horse are my tweaks ... nothing too major or radical.
Edited on Nov 08, 2013 at 02:57 PM · View previous versions