So what do you guys think about “photoshopographers” ?
I’ve been noticing more and more of a division/debate between professionals who love photoshop, and professionals who hate it.
Obviously it’s important to “get it right in the camera” - but I don’t think those of us who use photoshop as an enhancement tool should be thrown under the bus. I’d like to think that I don’t rely on photoshop as a crutch — rather, an instrument, or an aid. Sure, it’s not natural. But neither is posing for a photo. And that’s what makes getting your portrait done special, right? You’re paying for a product you couldn’t produce yourself. If you wanted something ordinary, you wouldn’t seek out the services of an artist. And that’s what photographers are - artists. We each have our own vision, our own style, our own process. If you don’t have a taste for someone else’s work, fine!
I don’t want to be ordinary. I’ve worked hard to fall into my ‘style’ and develop something that’s signature to ME. I want people to be able to look at one of my photos and appreciate it as a piece of art - one that was planned, created, tweaked, and produced by me. I want people to be able to see it and know it’s mine. And photoshop is a large part of my process. So what?
As long as I’m enjoying what I do, and enjoying what I create, I’m happy. And if other people happen to enjoy my photos too, that’s even better! I will keep evolving and growing and photographing until no one wants me anymore. Actually, I wouldn’t even stop then. There’s always self-portraiture ;)