The BS of Digital Photography
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Wed Oct 7 03:06:07 EDT 2009
> If I start to feel I'm just shooting to be shooting, then I stop
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pdml-bounces at pdml.net [mailto:pdml-bounces at pdml.net] 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 gmail.com>
> > 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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