I was speaking to another photographer this week and asked him what editing program he used. He said he used Elements, but he didn’t do much to his photos. He didn’t really know how to use the program that much. He said he was a photo snob and rather liked the straight out of the camera images. He wanted to get it “right” and then not mess with them. He’s more of a purist.
Me, not so much.
On a forum I frequent, another lady, whose work I admire, said that she was “bored with reality”. I have no doubt she gets it “right” SOOC every time. The art she creates in PS is simply stunning.
So, are you a purist…or do you think editing your pictures is part of the art you are creating? I think you know where I stand. I edit pretty much every image…whether it needs it or not! I like the extra punch that editing creates in my images. Getting it as “right” as possible definitely cuts down on the time I spend editing. Whereas previously I was editing to “fix” my photos, now I spend time just making them better or suit the mood I want to create with them. I think PS should be seen as a vital tool in your photographer’s toolbox, not as a crutch. That being said, I used it as a crutch to hide imperfections when I was first learning how to use my camera. It was just a step in that learning process.
I think I have spoken, ad nauseum, on how much I *heart* Photoshop. When I first started editing pictures, I used Picassa. I graduated from that and got lost in Elements. Once I reached the limits for that program, I got Photoshop CS3. CS3 is pretty spendy, so if you are able to get an educational discount on it…get it. There is so much this program can do, and I know I have just tested the edges of it. Just be aware, there is a pretty steep learning curve, so buy a good Photoshop book to go with the program.
I’ll show you a few images SOOC and the edits I made.
SOOC – no edits – this is from my old cheapie 35mm P&S film camera. I didn’t have Photoshop when I took this photo when Kai was 6 months old, but really you just can’t improve on spikey-haired-baby perfection.
So…obviously, you don’t always need Photoshop, but it does help!
See you on Thursday!