Learn Photography Post-processing on post-traitement.com

Yesterday, a new website has come to the world of photography resources: post-traitement.com. It is a French site whose headline would translate to “Post-traitement.com - The place to learn photography post-processing”. English-speaking people, don’t turn away now, you might find something useful there too, or perhaps help with translation :)
Created by French student and photographer Nicolas Constant (Flickr, Twitter), post-traitement.com features many tutorials written by Nicolas around photography post-processing with the objective to teach from the basics to the more advanced topics in photography processing, using Photoshop (and other tools later on).

You’ll find after the jump a small interview we had with Nicolas to introduce his website:

Sylights – Can you tell us more about you. What are you doing, when was your passion for photography born, …?
Nicolas –
I’m 23, French, and still a student. I’m actually preparing a double-degree in Mechanical Design (CAD, etc) and Computer Aided Engineering, quite far from photography as you can see. 
But I’ve discovered Photography in high school, using silver films and dark room, so even if I’ve only been practicing photography seriously for three years, I’ve been sensitized for more than 8 years now to post-prod and other techniques. And when I was studying in my French university (I now attend to a MSc program in UK) I did lead a photographic association, that was very interesting and I learned a lot when I was showing others how to do photographs and post-processing. 

Sylights – How did you get the idea of post-traitement.com?
Nicolas – In fact, it was a personal observation: if you want to learn post-prod on the internet, you just get some tutorials here and there, but nothing really linear starting from “no knowledge” and going to “good knowledge”. And I’ve also seen on many forums that many people didn’t understand the basics of some softwares, so couldn’t even try your little tips you were explaining.
Post-traitement.com is a response to this lack. 

Sylights – Who is your main target? What is the main goal of your website?
Nicolas – As explained, at first I’m talking to real beginners (because others could find how to do post-prod on tutorials that exist everywhere else). But, it’s still interesting for me to bring those beginners as high as I can do. So, I’m pretty sure that everyone will find something to learn on this website, and I hope to receive some proposals and feedback to improve myself too!

Sylights – As of today, the entire content is in French. Do you plan to translate your tutorials?
Nicolas – Of course. In fact, it was difficult for me to choose which language to use first. I have chosen my native one in order to go faster in the redaction of the tutorials. But it’s pretty sure that an English version will come one day. As soon as possible, in fact.

Sylights – If things go as you want them to, what kind of evolution can we expect on post-traitement.com?
Nicolas – First finishing the Photoshop tutorial! Then maybe opening a forum, if visitors want this kind of evolution: I don’t want to create yet another forum (there are already too much of them on the web) if people don’t think it will be useful. And maybe giving people some more tools to participate (submitting tutorials, tips, …). 

Sylights – Do you intend to include video tutorials?
Nicolas – No. IMHO video tutorials are less understandable than written one. But maybe it’s a feeling that differs a lot between people.

Sylights – Will you offer tutorials for other, more accessible softwares than Photoshop? (like The Gimp, Paint.net, Pixelmator, …)
Nicolas – I will for The Gimp when version 3.0 is released. Before that, I don’t consider it as a real valuable post-prod software: because it still doesn’t deal with 16bit color depth (it’s planned for the 3.0 version). For others, it’s quite the same observation.But for any other post-prod software that deals with 16bit color depth, they will be welcome to get their own tutorials.

Sylights – And what about photography-oriented softwares: Lightroom, Aperture, DxO Optics Pro, …?
Nicolas – Yes, mostly for Lightroom that I personally use along with Photoshop. So it’s the second tutorial you’ll see on the website. Then of course Aperture, DxO, Photomatix and others are welcome, and might be written by other people than me then.

Sylights – A last word?
Nicolas – Many thanks for this interview and for supporting this project, of course. 
Also, if one of your English-speaking visitor is fluent in French and wants to help translating, he is very welcome: it will allow everyone to get access to this more quickly. ;)


Thanks to you Nicolas for bringing this website to life and sharing your knowledge with the vast community of photographers that can benefit from it!

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