South Korea Revisited

Mt.Halla, Jeju-do

I’ve recently got interested in the idea of making photobooks. After all, what better way to enjoy your own photos other than to see them in flesh? I made a canvas print for my girlfriend last month and having physically touch the photos, you realize that it’s miles better than viewing them on the LCD monitor. Thus, I bought a good deal from Photobook for a 60-page 8×8 Imagewrap book.

I needed a large photo collection for the book, so I revisited my South Korea photos. The post-processing I did then didn’t live up to its potential, so I had to start with the RAW files and apply new edits. Some of the shots that were discarded found new lives and me naturally being excited about it, would like to share the new edits here.

I can’t stress enough the importance of post-processing in photography – digital AND analogue. It’s true that you need to get the shot right in-camera, aspects such as the composition and exposure are hard to be corrected once you’re home. However, post-processing is the one that lifts it to a whole level. To illustrate this point, here’s a cake analogy courtesy of yours truly.

To make the perfect cake you need good ingredients & equipment (Good camera & lenses). In addition, you need to perfect your technique (Composition, exposure, timing etc.) to bake the tastiest cake. Yes, you could stop there and still serve it, however if you choose to go on and focus on the icing, decoration & presentation (Post-processing), the cake will be guaranteed to drop jaws. The reverse is also true. No matter how beautiful the icing or decoration is, if your basic cake taste like shit, it’s still a shitty cake.

Alright, enough talk and more photos. Enjoy!

Starbucks, Myeongdong, Seoul
Myeongdong, Seoul
Tosokchon Samgyetang, Seoul
War Memorial of Korea, Seoul
Namsangol Hanok Village, Seoul
Changdeokgung Palace, Seoul
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul
Seogwipo Town, Jeju-do
Seongsan Ilchubong, Jeju-do
Hall of Buddha’s Disciples, Yakcheon Temple, Jeju-do

***PS: I’m 80% done with the design, can’t wait to get the actual photo book. =D

Nikon D90
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 VC
Edited with Adobe Lightroom 4

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