TechsPlace | Are the best photographs taken by experienced professionals? Will all the photos need final editing before being delivered to a client with features like Photoshop? This is a very common doubt among beginners or even for those who have photography as a hobby, after all, now-a-days rare are the photos that come out perfect with just the click and for a good image editing, you really need to understand post- production, image editing techniques and mastering such programs.
The experience factor helps a lot so that a photo comes out perfect right at the moment it’s being taken, but when that does not happen, you need to use good image editing programs. And to handle them properly you need knowledge about lighting techniques, framing, pattern, grunge texture, scenery, among others.
In the digital era in which we live, few photographers and almost no advertising, journalism, and marketing agency use images without final editing. This is because editing programs improve the quality of the image or even change it by removing or adding effects, characters and objects from the photo, which enriches the image that is usually sold to magazines, agencies and media.
But if you do not work in this field and photography is just a hobby, these editing features will probably be unnecessary as compact cameras and new cell phones bring more and more technological advancements that process the final image at the click time.
What was formerly expected to be for hours on end, a good light, a special day, an exact coloring or sun or an incredible moon shining in the sky, is simply created today? There’s no turning back, there’s no wonder about this breakthrough in technology, but at the same time, many professionals wonder if they’re not letting go of their skill in the art of photography to take advantage of the features that image-editing software makes available.
Despite the imperative, some common sense is needed when using these types of programs, so for good photography it is important to capture the essence, the basis of what is being photographed, which is totally corrupted with an image edition without the good sense. Many professionals question the indiscriminate use and affirm that because of these programs, many photographers or beginners fail to give importance to the photographic technique and they are more concerned with knowing how to master these programs.
The good thing is to have the perception between common sense and exaggeration. There are few agencies and media companies that accept a raw image. For example, in fashion photography, the use of retouching happens in 90%, either by vanity of the person photographed, by incompetence of the photographer or retoucher, or by exigency and perfectionism of the company.
And then we understand how important it is to use this kind and tool with good judgment. To correct a light, take an unwanted person from the photo, make a cutout, change the color temperature, flash a flash somewhere on the body, even to adapt the photo for a good impression. The mistake is to exaggerate its use and transform people completely, to lose the essence of the photo, to add many effects to the image, to make human beings imperfect in men and women without defects.