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The Art(?) of Post Processing

I would like some opinions. Not nasty ones, please; those I can do without, and if you have opinions on politics, I’d rather not hear those, either. Actually, I would like some opinions on Post Processing. post

If you haven’t noticed, I have post processed (other than the watermark, of course) almost none of the photos posted to this blog. It’s not that I don’t have the programs or knowledge; I’m fairly adept at Photoshop, and I have GIMP and Lightroom on my Windows Start page. I went on an HDR binge before I started this blog, but I haven’t posted any of those in a while (I will, I will…). I just have a strong, ingrained, insensible aversion to post. I learned on film but never processed my own, and I carry that “make the first shot count” mentality over to digital. I would rather get the shot perfectly with my camera. I understand the correlation between film processing and digital processing, but I still have this nagging feeling in the pack of my head that when I perform post operations on my photos, I have somehow cheapened the end result.

This is where you, the wonderful person reading this post, come in. I’d like you to give me your opinion on operations in post. Do you adjust contrast? Bump colors? Crop this? Straighten that? Apply a filter?

I’d like to make it clear that I don’t think that others’ work is cheapened by their (often wonderful) post processing skills, I just have always had a slight aversion to it myself. Convince me otherwise?

Thanks,
Chris

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They steal the birds’ seed, dig up the gardens, and generally make messes, but they sure do know how to pose.


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