tidy cub [deleted] 8:40pm, 14 April 2010
Hi everyone,
I'm new to DSLR's and quickly finding out that every photo has been touched up by editing software. To be honest i was a bit disappointed and i suppose a bit niave. Can anyone tell me, or show me, if it is possible to get some nice shots NOT depending on software to fix them later.
Milly M. Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Milly M. (member) 8 years ago
My view is that at the moment I am trying to learn how to get the best possible shot straight out of the camera. My feeling is that I need to do this without resorting to editing software to correct any faults. When I feel that I have explored fully the capabilities of the camera then I may use software to manipulate the image. Regarding getting decent shots, just take lots of photographs,look at lots of images and read lots of books. It is a learning curve and I think that most people would agree that they are still on it. Hope this helps.

thekyle1 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by thekyle1 (member) 8 years ago
i completely agree
I am a big fan of after editing but some pictures i feel like i dont want
to touch them to keep their integrity like this one is straight our of the camera


This one i just sat and made sure i had the right exposure settings on with trial and error then snapped a few and it paid off
Greg Barnard 8 years ago
I try to only minorly tweak my photos. I should in raw so can adjust the white balance and exposure but there is no definite need to pos process.
carly wentz 8 years ago
i barely edit any of my pictures. i definitely think great shots can just come straight from the camera.
Lee Jinks Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Lee Jinks (member) 8 years ago
hmmm. Straight out of the camera? What does that mean? Are you shooting raw or jpeg? If your camera is giving you a jpeg image, it has already been highly processed. There are settings on the D5000 which allow you to achieve a certain look, thereby allowing the camera to process your photos a certain way. One example would be the Picture Control setting. You will see settings for Standard, Landscape, Vivid, Portrait and so forth. You have noise reduction and white balance control in addition to distortion control and Active D-Lighting. All of these things highly manipulate the photo before you see it on the monitor.

By shooting raw you have manual control over all these factors. I might guess that what you mean would be to shoot raw and process the photo with neutral settings thereby producing a very bland photo. Or maybe you mean necessary settings to produce colors and tones as you remember them when you took the photo.

Think about editing for a moment. Before you've even press the shutter release, you have edited the photo. You chose a certain composition, a certain lens or focal length, a certain depth of field by your aperture setting and possibly a certain amount of blur based on your shutter speed. What would be wrong with completing that process after the shutter has fired.

I get what you mean about over processed photos, but we are artists creating a work of art or a certain look we want to our viewers to see. Adjusting the photo through post processing isn't a bad thing. It's the end of a process that started before you pressed the shutter release.
achilles_ds 8 years ago
WB is one the key things!!


fully agree with what you said.
Lee Jinks 8 years ago
Now I feel bad because it looks like I may have squelched the discussion. I had no such intention. I expected someone to explain what they meant by "right out of the camera," or to disagree with my assessment.

I know what you mean about over processing photos. I try to get the camera to do as much of the work as possible, so I have very little if any work to do on the computer. Maybe the discussion should be on how that is accomplished.
GregM35 8 years ago
To answer the question posed, anything is possible but it's unlikely.

Editing software takes the place of darkrooms of the past. How many 'great photos' from old photographic books you've looked at haven't been edited in the darkroom? Dodging and burning, cropping, straightening, etc. are edits that were in use long before computers and software.

I shoot raw and do my own editing to jpeg. All my photos usually benefit from a levels adjustment, a contrast adjustment, or maybe a hue adjustment. Many of my photos have to be straightened. I DO TRY to get most things right in the camera but it just never seems to work out that everything is 'right'. OR how I want it to be.

What about a B&W photo. The best are color photos that are edited after the shot in software.

It comes down to what is acceptable to the person doing the shooting. It's my guess that the majority of people that own a digital camera and take pictures, do not edit them.

On the other hand, I believe the majority of people that post photos on sites like this do edit their photos to some degree.
swanky direction [deleted] Posted 8 years ago. Edited by swanky direction (member) 8 years ago

Do a search for groups SOOC. Appears to be a number of them. For instance: www.flickr.com/groups/sooc/discuss/

Also, the discussions in the SOOC groups look like they are excellent contiunations/additions to your thread.

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