Upload & Sell: On
There is various kinds of cheat, and also various personal goals. My personal goal when I click the shutter is to nail it such that the only post processing required is to correct the AA filter blur and get the color and saturation right.
But of course that is still a lot left to personal judgement.
So far as I know, AA got the images sharp, well exposed and probably nearly perfectly composed when he clicked the shutter. The cheat was to work on contrast, dodge and burn and maybe some USM. Of course that was a lot.
If the light needed to be better, I prefer to go back. If sun or clouds did not cooperate, or my comp was off, I want to do it over. After all, I am not selling this stuff so if it is not as good as I can get when I click the shutter, I can return. No need to fix it in post.
But if the raw is as good as I could hope for, and the technology is lacking, I am not afraid to add something. Color, saturation and contrast, and DR are all fine with me.
But it is easier to add it later than to post and then have to explain yourself. Of course too little has other issues.
As Aunti said, most criticism of my web stuff had to do with clumsy over sharpening, too much large radius small amount usm, halos, bad clone or brush work. Now I think most of my issues are color saturation related.
Edit, well I left out the biggest problem, poor subject choice and composition.
Edited on Sep 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM · View previous versions