Hi! I'm a newbie photographer. No background in photography. I only do self study, and so far I learned to balance ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. I do get good photos (I think), and I learned from previous thread that I created, to appreciate the limits of my gear and use it to its full extent. I am not that skilled, so sometimes....I mean most of the time, I compensate my lack of skill and limitations of my gear with editing. I enjoy editing the photos I took. It's like the unedited photo is a beautiful woman's face, and the editing is the make-up to get the best result. I mostly like to play around using dodge and burn. For professional photographers out there, Is editing a bad thing? Does editing your photo show that you are a bad photographer and have no skills? or is editing essential to Photography? or in between? Below are 2 sets if sample of an unedited photo and an edited photo, respectively.