Photo editing software is an amazing thing. What used to be cumbersome, difficult, or even impossible with film can be achieved with today’s modern technology. But this is no substitute for a properly composed shot. Technology is an essential part of any photographer’s workflow, but that won’t turn your photographer into a magician.
No photographer sets out with the intention of entirely recasting an image after a session is over. Skilled photographers see their shot, adjust settings appropriately, frame the image in camera, and reserve these tools to adjust things like exposure, color saturation, and sharpness. Photoshop can’t turn back the clock, change the weather, or turn someone into a supermodel.
Of course things happen during photo shoots, so being able to remove a smudge on clothing, smooth out a few blemishes, or eliminate something that wandered into the background is a nice option to have. But a photographer should never spend more time in post-production than behind the camera. And clients shouldn’t want that either. So here are a few things to keep in mind before your professional session. [read]