Why photography is so important

Photography has been so many things for me - it’s helped me relive my favorite memories, it’s given me a second career that is growing in leaps and bounds, and it helps me connect with people that I normally would not have talked to.

A friend of mine’s parents passed away recently, his father in august and his mother only a few months later, and he asked me to retouch a photo of his mother for her funeral. It was taken on a cell phone in a hotel lobby, so not the best setting, but I wanted to do what I could to make the photo as good as it could be. In terms of technical details, I used Lightroom and Photoshop to denoise, sharpen, clone out the signage and wastebasket, as well as give the picture an overall boost in terms of color and exposure.

I think it’s important for us as photographers to understand that the images we produce may just be a bunch of orderly pixels, but for their loved ones it means so much more, and helps them love and honor those that have passed in their best light.

Below is the original:

Original image

Original image

And here is the final image that he intends on printing 8x10” for the funeral. Though there is some definite grain, they will look good printed that size.

Sung Park