Just a quick question...

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  1. christianaaa

    christianaaa TPF Noob!

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    Okay, I recently started photography [mainly because I just got a camera; I like to think I know the basics :sexywink:] Anyway, I have this "problem" with editing my pictures. When is it okay to edit a picture and when should you leave it alone?
     
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    I personally prefer to leave the pictures as it is. It is a personal choice. I find editing makes it artificial.:D
    If you are not happy with the photo taken then take another. This is the way one can learn (I presume that it is the objective). Thanks to digital...
    Though I see on www.dpchallenge.com, almost everyone does basic editing like satuaration, hue etc.
     
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    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

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    editing is all part of photography, it's been done since it was invented in the 19th century.
     
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    gizmo2071 TPF Noob!

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    I wouldn't say that I edit any/many pictures.
    I call it processing.
    Levels/Curves adjustment. (setting white/black point)
    Contrast/Brightness.
    Sharpen.
    Convert to B&W.
    And occasionally adjust the colours slightly.

    But I have no problem with people heavily modifying/editing pictures either.
     
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    am_photoer TPF Noob!

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    I have a darkroom and i use my contrast filters all the time, sometimes in double exposures and the like, with dodging, burning, and cropping (All post-processing). That is after the shot processing as well and is a must--you have to find a correct contrast and exposure time because you are changing a negative into a positive print.

    In digital it is really the same thing, adjust those basic factors to make the image what you wanted it.

    However, this is also post-processing: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90818 just taken further. The end result is always the same to make the best picture out of the original data.
     
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    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It depends on what you want as a finished product. If you want the photo to look 'enhanced' then rock on. Otherwise, go until you can just tell and then back it off a bit.
     

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