Are you able to capture a perfect image ‘in camera.’… I had recently a discussion with some battle hardened photographers who defended that the camera – not the computer – is still the most important tool of a good photographer. Though I understand their theory I like to argue with people and bring a contrary opinion so I told them that today you have to be good with both media. It is an alarming truth that some people see software, not the camera technique, as the cornerstone of photography. Personally I think that you have to be balanced in both. The traditional photographers, who embraced the cost savings and convenience offered by digital photography do what they had always done, but in a format more suited to the modern age and they of course defend the technique over the editing… and then there are the ones who defend the editing over the technique and I normally get heart attacks when I hear “do not worry I’ll fix it later in photoshop”… The conclusion after some beers was that software is no substitute for photography skills but essential, to know how to work on a photo after the event. But that cannot take the place of learning how to use a camera, how to appreciate light and how to compose a great image.
You can Photoshop that, right?
It depends. As a photographer, I want to get everything as perfect as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings can “fix” most things before I even click the shutter. It’s much easier to get the photo right than to fix it with Photoshop. But as Graphic designer I love photo editing and I mean both developing/manipulating film in the lab or with software. Not always one is able to get everything perfect in camera. And sometimes our way to see can´t be captured by a camera.
Only some nocturnal ramblings ;P goodnight