The BS of Digital Photography

Ken Waller kwaller at
Wed Oct 7 13:29:00 EDT 2009

Coming from 35 years or so of slide film only exposures, my approach is 
similar - the more you get right in the camera the less time you spend on 
the computer.

Most of the pros I know do the same, they don't want to spend any more time 
than absolutely necessary on the computer.

Kenneth Waller

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark Roberts" <mark at>

Subject: Re: The BS of Digital Photography

> Christine  Aguila wrote:
>> Even with digital, I still try to get the best photo in-camera
>>to keep the post-capture processing down.  When I started shooting 
>>I read somewhere that more than 5 or 10 minutes or so on a standard 
>>should be enough post-processing.  I try to follow this rule--obviously
>>there are exceptions with playful renderings etc--but for the most 
>>me--it's a good rule to follow.  I've noticed that as my skills improve, 
>>even getting a lot faster than 5 minutes.
> This is my approach *exactly*: I try to get the capture as close to
> perfect as I can - just like I did with film - with the goal of doing
> as little post-processing as possible (just like I did with film). ND
> grads, fill flash, reflectors, you name it, it's still in my arsenal
> of "get the best capture" tools.
> After bringing everything into Lightroom I do a quick pass to pick the
> standouts and eliminate the obvious mistakes. Then I spend probably
> about 30 seconds (at most) on most images doing rough highlight
> recovery, exposure and brightness adjustments, generally. After
> setting everything aside for a week or so (assuming no specific
> deadlines) I'll come back to the best shots to give them extra time
> and fine tuning (and to further delete the shots that a week's
> perspective has let me see aren't as good as I fists believed/hoped!)
> But with most collections we're talking about 2-5 shots out of every
> 100 or so that get extra time.
> The rare, portfolio-grade, shot will get additional attention in
> Photoshop.
> Being able to put aside the evaluation of your shots for a week or
> more seems to be a crucial part of the process for me. The extra time
> provides perspective and seems to let me be more objective about my
> own work. It's then easier to see which shots really stand out and
> which need to go into the bit bucket.

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