In my seminar this weekend entitles “The Art of Seeing”, I discussed many ways to see differently and offered ideas and questions to ask yourself to push yourself creatively. One of the things I stressed was that it is always best to get it right in the camera. It’s better to spend more time taking photos than sitting in front of a computer fixing mistakes. Several attendees balked and said that post-production is part of the creative process and why not just take the photo knowing you can crop and “fix” it later. Yes, I teach Lightroom at several area colleges as well as NIK software. And while I know how to post-produce using every tool in the book, I would still rather get it right in my camera.
My point in this conversation was that while it is nice to have the tools to correct mistakes later (and, yes, I know, Ansel Adams would approve of post-manipulation), you will become a better photographer if you strive to get it right the first time. It will help you see better and, more importantly, it will free up time to go out and shoot more. If you create an image that is awesome right out of the camera, there’s always room for a bit of post-processing and, well, have fun. But, if not, garbage in is still garbage out.
Photography is an art and it is supposed to be fun. The fun is learning the process and capturing magic with your camera. If you learn how to create great images without post-processing, imagine what you can do with it once it is on your computer!