The BS of Digital Photography

Bob W pdml at
Wed Oct 7 03:06:07 EDT 2009

> If I start to feel I'm just shooting to be shooting, then I stop 
> shooting. 


> -----Original Message-----
> From: pdml-bounces at [mailto:pdml-bounces at] On 
> Behalf Of Christine Aguila
> Sent: 07 October 2009 00:53
> To: Pentax-Discuss Mail List
> Subject: Re: The BS of Digital Photography
> From: "Tom C" <cakaltm at>
> >
> > It seems the almost instant gratification of digital 
> capture and the 
> > speediness of results has been eclipsed by the, OMG factor, 
> and 'what 
> > do I have to do to adjust this image?'.  Time saved by 
> instant results 
> > is erased by time spent post-capture processing.
> >
> > Does it seem that way to others as well?
> Not to me.  Even with digital, I still try to get the best 
> photo in-camera to keep the post-capture processing down.  
> When I started shooting digital, I read somewhere that more 
> than 5 or 10 minutes or so on a standard picture should be 
> enough post-processing.  I try to follow this rule--obviously 
> there are exceptions with playful renderings etc--but for the 
> most part--for me--it's a good rule to follow.  I've noticed 
> that as my skills improve, I'm even getting a lot faster than 
> 5 minutes.
> But I actually think I'm getting faster because I'm trying to 
> pay attention to the idiosyncrasies of my equipment--from 
> monitor to camera and lens. 
> Also, when I read the book Perfect Exposure, suggested by Bob 
> W, that really helped--and Godfrey's suggestion:  "keep the 
> workflow simple"  is at the center my photographic workflow.  
> I have Lightroom and Photoshop Elements 5, which I only use 
> for heavy duty cloning or when I want to add goofy graphics 
> and text to a shot for some silly playful reason.  For me, 
> using Lightroom keeps me focused on trying to get the best 
> photo in-camera.
> My biggest insecurity is exposure, though I'm getting a lot 
> better at that, but I confess to being a chronic histogram 
> chimper just to be sure, but I'm finding that there too I'm 
> needing to chimp less and less.  Also, the construction 
> project I'm working on has really helped to improve my 
> skills--and I'm grateful for this experience.  I have to get 
> the best shots my skills will allow and do it without getting 
> in anyone's way and without doing anything stupid that might 
> put myself or someone else in danger--which means I have to 
> act smart and think quickly and not waste time--and be in 
> tune with my surroundings.  I can't be chimping all the time 
> on the construction site--just too much going on and a lot of 
> it can be dangerous. 
> I try to apply these skills to all shooting 
> situations--though this excludes leisurely photowalks :-).
> Lastly, I would just say that I try not to *over-shoot*.  If 
> I start to feel I'm just shooting to be shooting, then I stop 
> shooting.  I find this rule cuts down on post-processing as well :-).
> Cheers, Christine
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