A lot of my work lately has been quite heavy on the Photoshop side of things. And I have had some negative comments about it from fellow photogs.Many of them tell me that its not real photography if its been manipulated, and that only SOOC (straight out of camera) images are worth their time of day!
Now there is of course no real answer to this conundrum! I consider photography as art. Weather its reportage, or portraits, landscapes or astrophotography. It is simply an expression of the mind of the creator. This of course is going to mean that some people are not going to like it! Not everyone likes expressionist works of art, and not everyone likes sculptures of roman emperors !
It’s the same thing with Photoshop. I consider myself more than capable of producing beautiful images SOOC (they are to me anyway, and that’s all that matters) But why should I stick to this singular form of producing images?
First of all, to get to the image that I produce I have normally got a fairly strong idea/concept of where I want to go with the image, then I have to set up the shot and take it, and this has to be with the editing steps I will be using at the back of my mind. I fail to see how this isn’t photography ! It is no different to the pre digital age of dodging and burning and producing composites in the dark room.
|One of the images on which I got "Trolled"|
I didn’t really mean to go on such a rant, and in the end the opinions other people have are of course their prerogative. But I just wanted to shed some light on why my stuff is sometimes postproduction heavy. Some of the shots I have taken over the last year simply would not be possible without doing it. And for all those SOOC hardcore purists, bear this in mind. If you shoot film, you more than likely choose the film for its properties, i.e. better contrast, nicer grain etc, so you are in fact processing the image in a way you’d want to see it, and not as it actually is. And for the people who shoot digital, the processing done in the camera and the sharpening on images as the raw files are converted are all processing steps too. So what’s the difference if its done during the image capture, or after it ?