Photo Lounge Meeting 4: FIX IT IN POST

© Kalen Goodluck, from the project “Contrails of a Fever Dream.” This week’s featured artist.

A useful lesson I’ve gleaned over the years: I am not responsible for my first thought. I am responsible for my second thought and my first action.

– Beth Pickens, “Your Art Will Save Your Life”


The four words that any editor, video or still image, dreads: “fix it in post.”  The digital age has changed the way we view image taking in general, we’re nervous by our cameras and shoot as many frames as we can in hopes we actually captured what we wanted.  Analogue photography encouraged it’s user to slow down and be careful with the frame they chose.  Older processes embraced the idea that you had to get it right in camera, because there was no other choice.  During our fourth Photo Lounge meeting, we took a look at some before-and-after photographs, highlighting these aspects.  There were some cleverly chosen compositions presented that leave the need to edit at a minimum. We also had examples of mistakes that had to be covered up in post.  I won’t tell the secret of which is which. It was fascinating to also see the power that photo editing allows us to have in our times of peril.


A member brought an image that’s meant to be printed as a poster, which highlighted some truths of printing.  When you’re working with editing an image, there’s a need to consider the size at which it’s meant to be viewed. What someone does to edit a photograph meant to be viewed on a telephone is completely different than something that’s meant to be printed as a large poster.  Our considerations as viewers shift, and certain aspects of a photograph will be highlighted more: grain becoming more prominent, depth of dark tones, and overall perspective.



This week we looked at the project titled “Contrails of a Fever Dream” by Kalen Goodluck.

“Lissa Yellow Bird-Chase searches for the missing and murdered in North Dakota. An Arikara woman, she is a Three Affiliated tribal member of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. From 2006-2014, an oil boom rocked the small reservation, attracting thousands of transient workers…and crime.
KC Clarke, a trucker for oil company, went missing February 22, 2012. His boss, a hitman and a driver all took part in his death and lonely burial, deep on the badlands.
The homelands of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara turned into a prairie of flares, oil pads and money. Yellow Bird has been searching five years. KC Clarke is still missing.”
Our contrails dissipate behind our bodies in clouds of heat and turbid memory. In the delirium of life we find no cure for this fevered dream and no relief from unqualified impromptu awareness, perception.”




Read the Lenscratch interview and see more of his work here. 


Dan Kendricken

Kylie Harrigan


Emma Kurman-Faber

Anna Latino

Maddie Maddox

Dan McCarthy

Lauren Robbins

Steve Sheridan

Austin Soares

Jess Voas


Lastly, here is a list of resources elaborating what we’ve mentioned during this meeting. If you missed or did not understand any references from our last meeting, please contact me. I’ll gladly add them.

Sensor Sizes – A great explanation of why your sensor size matters- and why it’s for a different reason than you previously thought.

Infrared Film– An Apogee Photo 3-part series on black & white infrared photography.

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