Something's been on my mind a lot lately, in regards to my photography efforts. See, I study it lots. I practice it a lot, too. But the more and more I read, the more I see a trend in these beautiful pictures not just being beautiful because they were shot perfectly, but because they've been edited in photoshop or some other photo editing program. And, honestly, this bothers me. 

I rarely ever edit my photos. I might invert the photo to black and white, or add a blur effect in Instagram when I upload it there, but my photos are almost always raw and I prefer them that way. I don't even have photoshop or some sort of editing software to tamper with an image if I wanted to. 

And I think that's what makes a good photographer. Not the editing software they play with after the shoot, but the raw photos they capture in the purest forms of their camera's ability. I mean, back in the day, these editing software's didn't even exist and yet we found photos by great photographers magnificent. 

Am I alone in the theory that a good photographer doesn't need software to enhance their ability?


Also, as a bonus, and because it's what spawned this post, today I did a photoshoot with my nephew, Gideon, for his 1st Birthday Party Invitations. Can you guys believe it's already been a year? I can't! 

Click the Photos for MORE!


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  1. edgyauthor

    July 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Gideon is such a cutie as a pirate! So weird to think it’s already been a year since he was born….

    I agree that it’s impressive when a photographer can take an amazing picture without ever fiddling with Photoshop, and that not everyone needs to use the program. But I honestly can’t say photos tweaked in Photoshop are lesser in comparison. I’m not a photographer, but I’m an artist who does rely on Photoshop to color. As a result, I’ve seen plenty of haters out there who think an artist can only truly be an artist if they use old-school mediums (ink, paint, etc). That angers me. Photoshop may not have existed in the past, but it still takes skill to use, so people who utilize it shouldn’t be looked down upon because of it, whether they’re an artist, photographer, or whatever. Old-school and new-school mediums are both great in their own way!

    • SarahWhisted

      August 20, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      I’m not suggesting people who use editing programs like Photoshop aren’t talented. I’m well aware of the skill required to operate such a program (and I don’t have it, though I’d like to). I’m just saying it makes me sad when someone thinks all photos should be edited and that’s what makes a good photographer. The reality of that is, it makes them a good editor, which is a skill all on it’s own and has nothing to do with having a eye for great pictures or the ability to shoot a camera perfectly. They’re two separate things.

      To be a photographer does not mean you must be a skilled editor, just like being a pro at Photoshop doesn’t automatically make you a great photographer.

      With all that being said, I’m hoping to get some sort of editing software and start learning because all the people who are interested in me shooting their kids or family expect me to edit the pictures too. Apparently the raw pictures just aren’t enough anymore, which is just disappointing.

      • edgyauthor

        August 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

        Ah, okay. I think I misinterpreted the point of this post originally. In this case, I agree, it’s completely ridiculous for someone to think one particular way to create photographs should be the only way. (The same way I hate it when people assume the same for art–all styles are wonderful and have merit, even if it’s not the one you gravitate to!) That really sucks how all the people who wanted you to take pictures for them only want them if edited. Yours always look so great as is, and since they just want family portrait type of photos, anyway, you’d think they prefer the more natural kind!

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