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Rodolfo Paiz wrote:
I'm also very new to post processing as well. What kind of post processing is the most common that is usually done to the photos? Your shots all look like the type that are pulled straight out of a magazine. I've always been a bit naive thinking that the beautiful photos I see from photographer's blog looked the way they do straight out of their DSLR with no processing or photoshop done.
All film must be developed, then printed. In the same way, your digital images must be "developed" and then adapted to the output medium. Post-processing is part of the, ahem, process. A number of corrections are done along the way, and there are also manipulations you can make to change what was on the negative itself. The question is not whether or not to process -- you always process your images if you want good quality -- but how radical are the changes you are willing to make. Some shooters prefer to change nothing but color, contrast, curves, and so on, while others will dramatically change the appearance of someone's weight, or add a missing tooth, or change out the sky, or whatever. I know of one photographer who doesn't even use the victim's (sorry, subject's) real eyes!
You need to learn your own preferences in post-processing, and build your skills as well. But you need to do both, so you'll know what it is that you are willing to do and interested in doing, and then how to execute it well.
No hijacking intended. And welcome to FM, Mike.
Rodolfo Paiz, Thank you for the clarification on PP! I'm trying to read and teach myself more through trial and error and I wish someone explained this to me sooner. I've always thought that any editing that needed to be done was only to compensate for not taking the picture correctly straight out of the camera the first time, such as exposure, color, cropping, etc. I'm glad this isn't the case because I've always compared my own photos versus a lot of the photos I see here or on blogs and wonder why I can't get that type of "look". So I guess Post Processing is another skill of photography that must be learned and as well. It would be nice to see the pros post their photos SOOC compared to the completed finished version to get an idea of possible transformations.
Sorry OP if my questions are cluttering your thread!