I was just wondering if EVERYONE edits their photos? I look at great photos that everyone has taken, and the first thing that comes into my head is "how much has this photo been changed/enhanced/modified, or is this just a great shot?" Not that editing is a bad thing... just wondering...
This whole discussion reminds me of the controversy between dry fly & wet fly fishermen: fish upstream or down stream. Who's more pure: archers, black powder, or rifle hunters?
In the long run its what floats your boat. Moving on and out of here.
I'm surprised this post is still going strong after all this time. I guess it comes down to film vs. digital conversation. I guess your definition of editing also comes into play.
Does changing WB or Saturation come into play or what about Zoom ? I will say PS is sometimes overused , but ask all the parents what they think of the pictures the photographer sent in the calendar what they think of the pics. I saw a calendar of one my 3rd or 4th cousins?? which had a bunch of PS effects.
Just yesterday I was trying to get a shot of a semi-full moon which had an orange tint. In my shot it was silver like always. It was an NEF file (intentional) so I could change the temp and tint, also I could bring out details the original shot didn't have.
I think this post is about overuse of edits.
Define "overuse" of edits.
Let say you have a film camera. So what would you do after your film is full? Go to develop film right. And there are the most skills needed. Some might even not know how hard that is. Even after the shots are taken, you can still ruin your photos. Get it out of sharp, contrast, color and so on. So I think digital photos saved us from developing the film, but not from developing the photos.
I make shots in raw only. I like to develop photos myself, but some will call that editing.
Everyone does,as with film one gets as close to the correct everything in camera then its into the darkroom to get it as one has seen it or add a little to it,personally i get as close a to what i took on the day/night and do as little as possible,maybe a week later ill re look and might add some sort of effect when playing or crop or adjust it a little more or less, a second look like that is best as on the day of processing it may look great that time away may change ones mind :)