Do You Photoshop Your Photos?

I was asked this question over on facebook, and it sparked a healthy discussion so I thought I would write this blog post about photoshop. Firstly, there is post processing, and then there is photo manipulation. I am not into manipulating my photo’s, I will sometimes remove a distracting element or correct lens distortion, but that is about it, I have nothing against photographers that do manipulate their pics… after all, it is art!

As for post processing, anyone who uses a DSLR and shoots in RAW format needs to post process their images, and this is because they’re RAW. Every camera has the ability to sharpen and make colours pop, but it is in the camera’s control, a DSLR gives you the option to shoot a RAW file allowing you to tweak things like sharpness, colour, white balance etc. later as you see fit, hence, the need to use photoshop. Photographers have been using all sorts of techniques in the dark room to make their pics look better, now we just use the digital darkroom.

I also shoot alot of my images in HDR, and this requires the use of photoshop to get the best results. Sometimes I can spend an hour or more working on getting an image right… so to conclude, there is nothing wrong with using photoshop to get the desired result, don’t let anyone make you feel like it is wrong, or that you are any less of a photographer if you use photoshop, if it feels right… do it!

The Daily Pic – A Day at the Opera

So here is a pic that I have used a few post processing tools on. Firstly, it is HDR, and I have used Photomatix to create the HDR, then I used photoshop, Topaz adjust and onOne focal point to finish it off. enjoy….

The Opera House - Sydney Australia

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