I often see photographers boasting about a shot taken SOOC -- straight out of the camera. Raw files are not sharpened nor is contrast adjusted in the camera, so to post a raw file SOOC is missing the point. It's all about post-processing, folks. I've heard people grumble at photo competitions about how all the winning pictures are "Photoshopped" and how there should be a contest category for "pure" photographs.

But it's always been about post-processing. The masters of the past didn't take their roll of film to the corner drug store to get it developed. It was all about your dark room technique.

This is the idea behind the saying, "Cameras don't take photographs, photographers do."

Of course, if you're shooting jpeg (and I can think of few reasons to do that) you can post SOOC, but why handicap yourself? Why throw pixels away that can lend themselves in post-processing to an image that says more accurately what you want it to?

I'm a painter who uses photographic images to create digital images. I used to paint in egg tempera and that experience influences everything I do. As a college student I spent hours drawing on toned paper using white chalk for highlights and charcoal or conté crayon for darks. That process of revealing form through light and shadow still guides my post-processing.

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