The Past "Photography" the Future "Imagery" Not for ME!

Started Apr 17, 2014 | Questions thread
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Re: dictatorial nonsense
In reply to T3, Apr 17, 2014

T3 wrote:

Post-processing and cropping are valuable tools that every great photographer knows to use. That's simply part of photography. If you think that "true" photography should be limited to what the camera spits out at the moment you press the shutter button, you're delusional and are pursuing a false ideology that even the best photographers don't prescribe to. At the very least, you have to understand that the camera doesn't always give you exactly what you wanted, or even saw. Plus, you're living in an idealistic fantasy world if you think that we should all be going around perfectly nailing the composition and framing every time we take a shot. Not even the best photographers believe in that! The belief that many of the world's great photos came out of the camera exactly as we know them today is simply an illusion. Most of them are a product of skillful cropping and post-processing, which is an important skill for any photographer to know, understand, and practice.

As you've pointed out there seems to be a large disconnect between what many people assumed photography ment on the days of film(related to their own practice of dropping off rolls of film to be devolped by someone else) and what actually took place with higher end photographers who'se work they likely hold us as an example of films success.

The assumption normally is that any skill or mind-set carried forward from the days of film is a positive one but to me it seems in many cases like we have people rejecting post processing due not to an artistic choice but a lack of understanding or what high level film use often entailed or ingrained laziness.

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