Photoshop Doesn’t Fix Poor Skills
I recently had a client who asked if I was going to use Photoshop on his images. I explained that I do all I can to make sure I have everything right in camera, so I only have to make minor adjustments in Lightroom. I almost never go in to Photoshop unless I am doing something funky. For headshots, Photoshop is not part of the workflow. I explained that I’ll remove small blemishes and smooth skin where necessary, but that’s about it. He explained that his last photographer heavily edited his headshots in Photoshop, and that he loved them.
I told him straight out, he’s probably not going to like mine.
Photoshop is used heavily by photographers whose skills are not refined enough to create a properly exposed image in camera. Overuse of softening, contrast sliders, filters, blur effects and the Liquify tool create images that look heavily edited and bear little resemblance to the subject. There are times when these tools are useful. If you are compositing an image, or want to remove a distraction, or need to fix that one hair that just won’t stay in place, these tools are great. I I have to bring all my images in to Photoshop to correct lighting, contrast, exposure, tone, and other technical elements of a photograph, then I am doing something wrong in camera and need to look at how I am taking the photographs. If your photographer relies on Photoshop and similar tools to correct their mistakes, you need to find another photographer.