This past weekend, I had the opportunity at the Scott Kelby Woldwide Photowalk in Cave Creek to talk to many
photographers. The most interesting discussions were not between nature or portraits,
architecture or landscapes, kids or street scenes, but about the value or destruction
caused by post processing photos.
I admire those photographers that believe that the photo is in the viewfinder. What you
see is what you get. However, between what I see and what shows up can be a million
miles apart. The eye is the best lens (thank you Alex). Digital photography can process
the pixels, the exposure, the depth of field..it’ can’t process what you’re feeling– what you
wanted to say.. It was brighter, it was happier, it was warmer, it was more dramatic.
In earlier years, it was typically up to whoever developed your pictures to do this for
you. Now, we can do it. WE can convey not only the scene, but the emotion. A tweak, a
He “photoshopped” the heck out of his images. What to burn, what to dodge, what to
remove…..the same thing we have the ability to do now.
The pianist learns not only the keys, but the use of the pedals to convey emotion.
My advice…my lessons learned…take time to learn the tools of the trade. Show your
world your world, what you saw, what you felt. You don’t take snapshots, you take art.
Learn your art.
There are flaws inherit in the mechanics of a digital camera. There are no flaws in your
heart and passion. Embrace it all.
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