Photography Post Processing. Does that make you a cheater?

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Coming from the film and slides era. I found it quite hesitating enough to process the images in Photoshop after I took it. Some photographers called it photo manipulations. When I read about various techniques photography artists to make the photographs look richer, I was amazed how much efforts they took, so their images are printable, salable. This was when I first realized the difference between the content manipulation and post processing the photograph. I realized the number of filters I used, were pretty useless that gave me correct white balance or the ones that gave me richer grey tones for my black and white images. It really dawned in me, that I was actually pre processing the images, like the rest of the photographers world. Today those filters admire my antiques collection 🙂 

“Does that mean, I should go at will at Photoshop?” I wondered. I spent a good amount of time understanding the difference between the traditional films and the digital sensors. Lucky that I am a Computer Engineering graduate, I found it very interesting and fairly straightforward, The ability of the sensor, the limitations as well and so some little techniques to overcome them. It really laid that strong foundation, and I was fortunate to adopt it fairly early. I really recommend you all to read as much about the raw format and you will know what I am talking about.

I consider our photography is not complete in today’s era unless we post process the images, with the DSLR or digital cameras that we use and hence highly recommend every amateur or serious photographers to learn and practice from the very early stage of the photography. Its really not important to just post process the image, but its really important to know what is a correct workflow and why. Its really important to know what tools are rather more useful and why?

In the Basic Photography Post Processing workshop I conduct, I start with trying various tools on my jpeg images and then slowly working on my participants’ own images. They must know exactly when and what tool to use. They will also know what to not use, which in my humble opinion is as important.

This workshop involves not more than 10 participants and max 5 to 6 participants per guide. Both my assistant and I help them out to explore this new world of making good images look great.
I teach photography sessions regularly and this conversation will be make you think towards how obtain good images first. The editing will teach you, a more clear path to your journey into the world of photography.


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