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Sometimes I spend far too much time on the flickr last 7 days interesting page just looking at photos. Getting ideas on composition, lighting, techniques... One thing that occurred to me this morning is that for like 95%+ of the shots that I really like from that page, they all have had some editing done with photoshop (aka PS). I've got nothing against PS, but that's going to be another set to techniques that I'll have to learn and get ramped up on. It just doesn't feel like that would be a fast process at all.
I don't know if it's because I enjoy the "style", or because I'm rationalizing it because I'm lazy, but I enjoy the straight-out-of-the-camera look to photos. It just feels more "honest" if that makes any sense. You know that's actually what it looked like, not because someone sat in front of PS for a couple of hours making a composite of totally different things.
Having said all that I'll probably get a book on PS and start tweaking some photos - sharpening here, blurring there... If I go into the effort of taking a good shot, then it would be a shame if it just needed 5 more minutes of tweaking to make it the best it can be. :-/Posted by jim at January 4, 2009 10:23 AM