I’ll start this week’s post with a thought that popped into my head earlier today and refuses to be ignored. At some time in the past few years I think we’ve passed a tipping point. Photo editing skills have now become more important than your skill with a camera. I do think the camera and lenses are important, but the ability to take a well composed and reasonably exposed shot has become the expectation. Here’s an image that I like and which doesn’t have much editing, but I imagine it would be ignored on social media.
The images that now seem to wow us are the ones that never existed. They are the ones that someone has created through their skills with photo editing software. This becomes very apparent when you see some of the “starting images” of what you think are amazing shots. The starting point for many of these images often look dreadful. It’s only when we learn how to process these images well that we achieve a good image. Processing has become more important than photography.
But this trend isn’t just about processing. There’s something else that can make the difference and all great photographers have. It’s what makes these “new” images so appealing. It’s imagination.
It’s the ability to imagine how the finished image will look that makes the difference and that’s always been the case. We used to call this vision or previsualisation because you needed to see the potential of the finished image. Today imagination is a better word because we have the tools that allow us to create almost anything we can imagine and using them is becoming easier.
Am I in favour of this change? I honestly don’t know.
Latest YouTube Video
With that out of the way, I wanted to let you know that my latest YouTube video is live. This week I’m explaining how to use the Overlays in Affinity Photo. I know lots of people who edit with Affinity Photo but not so many use the Overlays – big mistake. This video’s only short and you can watch it on my YouTube Channel.
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