Appreciate the magic you guys do...
I have been following this forum from some time now. Every now and then a post starts with a normal photo and by the end of the day it turns extra-ordinary.
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Most important of all, I learnt it is not just shooting a good photo with camera, but also the PP that goes after that. Both shooting and PP are important skills to have good photos (I know people are divided over - to PP or not to PP).
Your comments are appreciated.
I would like to emphasise that photography from its infancy has always required PP to display a result at all. Development of any exposed transparency or negative is required to view it. In recent wet printing, for example, the developer, paper finish, contrast, localised 'encouragement', temperature, toning, exposure timing and negative illumination are all choices which the Processor always made - sometimes quite unconsciously as they are all intrinsically tied into photography.
In the case of transparencies, some of the PP was standardised by the manufacturer-processed results but were still inherent in their viewing result. This latter is similar to the digital image as the camera itself tries to provide the 'manufacturer-processed' finish with ever varying consistency. The oddity, to me, is that the available assortment of inbuilt image style choices in modest cameras, now well exceeds the choice of shutter speed and apertures that was all that was offered to the new photographer in film days.
Here are the 'Scene mode' choices from a genuine recent DPReview camera review:-
Sweet Child's Face
Bright Blue Sky
Romantic Sunset Glow
Vivid Sunset Glow
Cool Night Sky
Warm Glowing Nightscape
Handheld Night Shot
Clear Night Portrait
Soft Image of a Flower
Freeze Animal Motion
Clear Sports Shot
By the time you've decided which of those best suits the prospect before you, 'Freeze Animal Motion' would no longer be relevant, the 'Vivid Sunset Glow' would have turned into 'Handheld Night Shot' and the 'Clear Sports Shot' would require 'Empty Stadium' for which there is no such style choice.
I can't see that the above bewildering and soft boundaried list presents any less challenge than the shutter-speed/aperture choice of former times !
PP or not PP (as Shakespeare put it) is not a choice. It is inherent in photography and the only choice with digital is to add to or tweak the camera/manufacturer's built in efforts.
Enjoy your photography.