Even in the days of film photography there has always been a need to ‘develop’ your photographs – either by sending your film off to the local lab or in the darkroom if you had the knowledge and equipment. By dodging and burning, adjusting chemical mixes and generally ‘working your images there has always been the ability to create a final image that is often an improvement on the original taken.
There is a lot of debate among photographers about the use of editing software – one side of the fence is that you should capture the image in camera and the only processing should be to make the image viewable by your audience. On the other side there are those that believe Photoshop (and other editing software) have been developed to enhance your images and ‘distort’ reality creating an image that in some cases was not possible to achieve in the real world. The following images were taken by Steve of TipTop Photography on a recent trip to London – the first is what was taken in camera and the second images is the final image uploaded to his portfolio – which is the best shot?
I must admit that I am somewhere in between - I do believe that the skill in photography is capturing your image in camera. There is no substitute for basic knowledge and using your aperture shutter speed, ISO, Exposure Metering and White Balance to make the most of the light and composition that you have available. But there are certain things that Photoshop adds to the image. You can remove items that should not be there, distractions from the subject or unsightly elements of the shot, you can use it to enhance colors and exposure or you can change what was infront of the camera to create a ‘better’ picture.
Above all it is always great to explore new things that can enhance your photography, are new lenses cheating? Should people use lens-babies or filters? I guess that there will always be the purists and I take my hat off to these people. But I also dip my cap to the people who break the boundaries of creativity with whatever means they can.
If all else fails though – Photoshop can certainly make you smile:
**please note these animal pictures have not been created by TipTop Photography Ltd