That's a question for the thread starter, in regards to using PS to touch up each photo... manually or automated.
if you are not the very "detail" person, you can always create your own action and play it over and over again.
Post process is not a question of 'do you?' or 'do you not?'. It is a MUST! Of course, you don't post process every shot you take. You select the BEST ones for post processing, or you think they're worth your time to post process.
In olden days, they post process using dark room methods and other fanciful filters. Nowadays, we still use dark room methods, but digital dark room.
always! coz i'm not very gd in DSLR controling & setting ofcoz my PS skill also soso but slighly better than controling of my DSLR....hope one day i will get much more improve of using my DSLR...then i'll safe alot of time to sleep.
even in 500 shoots a day...i also need to prosess them all...hahaha!
Last edited by ioriroger; 3rd January 2007 at 11:53 PM.
then is HDR considered acceptable to pro photogs?
To the threadstarter's question/title -
Yes, I do post-process my work photographs, ie, those which I shoot for a living. It is a necessity, otherwise you get left behind.
But for my personal/travel/outings photos, I find more pleasure getting it out-of-camera, hence post-processing is kept to a minimum, and then only for creating moods. Of course, I don't deny that I'm often too lazy to PS my personal pics.
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As for the samples you've shown, put it this way - PhotoShop is as much a part of modern photography as the darkroom was for film purists/users. So there shouldn't be any issue. All you need do is go find resources on how to do better PSing. In that respect, some of the earlier posts in this thread have already replied.
As highlighted by a previous poster, photography PP should only be done for ENHANCEMENT or CORRECTION only.
Adding anything that was not there in the pix in e 1st place is no longer considered photography. I think in this instance, it falls into the graphic design/manipulation genre.
I see PS as a means of enhancing my photos...
A few pts to note:
Anti-PS ppl always think that PS is not good as we rely too much on PS to correct errors such as exposure errors etc when we can actually fix these errors by shooting properly... I do use PS myself to do such corrections but this does not mean that i am lousy in photog... Sometimes, when you capture the moment and when u look at the pic then... Argh~ A bit OOF or a bit underexp? How? Go back and try to shoot properly? That cant happen... So i think that PS can help to solve these errors tat we make in capturing the moment. And do note that no one is perfect and errors will be made so such corrections are necessary in my opinion...
Some ppl say that PS can replace the need of premium lens... I can use the kit lens then bump up saturation and i get a 16-35L-like image... Anw, i seriously find that bullshit (Sorry for the bad language but just to express my dislike)... Frankly, i find it impossible to do that... Being a canon user, i think that L lenses give the wow effect that normal lenses cant give and it's something that PS cannot produce... And even if the theory of PS being able to emulate pro lens hold, u have to PS EVERY single image to get the effect... I would say that it's troublesome... One more thing one this pt is that pro lens have smthg that PS cant do: faster focusing and dof effects (for those 2.8 zooms and primes)... These are the things that make "it " happen apart from better optics...
For the pros, i think it's a MUST to edit to survive commercially... Also, as the client, i think you will rather see PSed images taht look swee swee instead of flatter, more dull images...
Lastly, i am against image manipulation using PS. I think i am like the press... I use photoshop to correct image, not to add objects to them.. Wat's not there shld not be there... Be factual, be truthful to photography...
I end my case... PS is a great tool but easily misused and misunderstood
Last edited by imouyang; 6th January 2007 at 06:37 PM.
Clear Vision, Swift Action, Good Results.
The previous poster was trying to say that photographers should respect the limits imposed by the rules and regulations of whatever competition they intend to compete in.
However, if they are using PS simply for artistic expression, then the only limiting factor is their imaginations.
Last edited by bernardy4416; 7th January 2007 at 09:09 AM.
To put it simple, photoshop is a digital darkroom tool to photography. When you know and understand how your tool works, the use for it boilsdown to your creativity and imagination.