Today we went to the Train Museum. We had a very hard day to shoot anything. Overcast with lots of blinding haze. To get decent shots I tried the overpower with flash technique. It worked some of the time. I also dreadfully over exposed two photos (well more than two).
Since I shot RAW files I was able to make it useable. Still not satisfied I took the photo first into Nik Veveza 2. Using the selective edit feature I darkened the horrible sky to bring focus to the people and train. Then I took the photo into Color Efex 4 where I applied two filters, and a few negative control points. Once done I finished by repairing a few points in the sky, and sharpened up the faces for a 10×12 screen shot.
The point of these photos shows that tools can help you improve a shot, but never replaces getting the conditions right before you close the shutter. A little negative compensation, exposure lock, and tight flash work would make a better photo in my opinion. That is my 20/20 hind sight talking.
But if you make a mistake like this….you can use powerful tools to help make something out of not much.