This post is assuming that you already have the basics of photography technically and artistically done and dusted, if not STOP reading now! and check out the Basic & Framing sections of my tutorials.
Now that we have that cleared out, I wanted to get in to a long lasting debate within the photography community. To Post Process or Not to Post Process, you have either met or will surly meet photographers that tell you that they don’t post process and do all their adjustments during shooting. While that is a great way to go around shooting your photography its not always enough. I say its great, because the better the photo during shooting the easier it becomes to post process later.
Personally, I am all in for post processing, because no matter how long you debate it, some things just can’t be done without “post”, as photographers call it. Plus post is nothing new, I bring this up because most of the photographers that are against post mainly label themselves as “old school”. Well any professional photographer who has been shooting for a very long time, thus film, would tell you that post has always been there. But rather than Photoshop and Lighroom, they used a dark room and chemicals to alter and shape the image to what they wanted. While I love the nostalgic and classic feel of the darkroom, we live in an age were your dark room has become available in your computer with instant trail and error capabilities. Why not use it!
I am assuming your reading this article because your still relatively new to photography as this section of my webpage is dedicated to teaching photography basics for beginners. That being the case, I will stop my ranting and get right to it. As cliche as it my sound, a photograph is worth a thousand words. Below I will share with you what most photographer consider blasphemy! Its the equivalent of a magician telling his audience how his tricks are done! But what the hell, screw it, lets do it!
Below you will have some of my photos, the before is how the photograph came out of the camera in raw, the after is, you gusset it, after post!
The possibilities become almost endless once you master the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop. That being said, a word of causation to the wise! Don’t get over excited and over edit. Thats something I am kinda still working on, as for me, I always take my photos with a final image in mind. That image might not always be as close to reality as some would debate, but then again what is reality! My reality might be totally different that yours as I am preciving the world based on my experiences and views! Trippy!
All in all, technique and attention to great exposes right out of the camera is a practice that you should definitely strive to prefect and master but the reality is that there are limitations to what you can get right out of the camera. So do brush up on your post processing techniques as the talented competition out there is amazingly mind blowing in our days.
And as always, keep shooting and enjoy!
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