Edited vs As Shot
Every photographer strives to make the perfect image in camera. But, there is almost always a little bit of editing that needs to happen. Sometimes it is a color correction, or adjusting the tone, or cropping the image. Sometimes, there’s more involved, or, the image is being highly stylized. This is nothing new. Editing was not invented when Photoshop was created years ago. Editing has always been part of the development process, all the way back to the days of tin and glass plate negatives. In the darkroom, when developing film, photographers adjust the mixture of their chemicals to alter contrast, increase or decrease the tonal range, adjust brightness and contrast, and produce other effects on the negative. During the print making process, they can alter the exposure time to change the way the image looks on paper, as well as make other modifications to the original image as composed in camera.
I do everything possible to make sure that in camera I have a solid image to work with when I go to develop it. The less work I have to do in an editing program the better. But sometimes I want to create a look that I can’t get with camera settings alone and that’s where those tools come in handy. So like the photographers of the 19th and 20th centuries, I adjust my contrast, tweak the tone, play with color and warmth, all to develop the perfect photograph.
I even turn the lights off at Jeff Gamble Photography to make it look like a darkroom!