When I first started shooting digitally it was all about making adjustments in Photoshop that otherwise would have taken hours in the darkroom to produce. A new world of possibilities was opened and I could fix nearly every mistake I made in a photograph. It was just so easy! Why do I need to make sure everything is exposed exactly right when I can fix it in post production?
This mentality was short lived. I got sloppy with my technical skills and as a result I paid for it with hours logged in Photoshop. It’s easy to get lazy with digital photography, at least for me it was when I first started. I was in The School of Photography at Orange Coast College and it quickly became apparent that I was approaching things all wrong!
It would be years until I really understood and appreciated the beauty of a photograph straight out of the camera. Your viewer may never know the difference but as the photographer its nice to know you nailed it, time and time again!
Ah, SOOC (straight out of camera) love!