I have recently been thinking a lot about the role of photoshop in digital photography. This question keeps popping into my mind: Has photoshop made us all better photographers? And always the follow-up question: CAN photoshop make us better photographers?
I think I have recently fallen into the trap of having a "save the rest for photoshop" vision about my photos I am creating. I think in some ways that's limiting, because I'm not thinking about how I can make the photo incredible NOW....rather I am thinking about later. A later that often never comes because I may lose or forget that vision, run out of time, run out of motivation, or the client may not even pick that series to print. I think photoshop can make us better photographers if we invest all of our inspiration, creativity, and technicality AS we shoot in such a way that we will deceive others into believing that our images are photoshopped.
With that said, I had a fun photoshoot and shot better than I've shot for a long time because I was determined to make everything LOOK photoshopped without any intervention by adobe. It's certainly the beginning of a new challenge, but I think it's a good start. The images below are strait out of camera....no color adjustments, no exposure corrections, no lightroom presets. I was even tempted to convert one image to black and white. But instead, I will expose myself as a photographer, not as a photoshopper.
I will say, these are the most photographed candles in history....they are used as subjects in every single photography class we teach. Every one of our students has taken pictures of these candles.