Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) v. Post Processing

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Straight Out Of the Camera (SOOC) v. Post Processing
5 months ago

My intent is not to discuss whether one is better than the other, but why people think one or the other is better.

SOOC is a concept new to photography with the advent of digital cameras. It is often used to imply no processing has been done, which is not strictly accurate.

For many purposes, what is produced by the camera achieves result the photographer wishes, and nothing further need be done.

No camera produces a perfect image in every circumstance, however. So, for certain outcomes, manipulation is necessary. Always has been. Will remain so until one can adjust sensitivity of sensor segments individually. Image editors are the digital equivalent of a darkroom.

Granted, one should attempt to achieve the best possible result at the moment of capturing an image. And it is truly easy to create an aesthetic nightmare in Photoshop. But why the bizarre notion of supremacy of one over the other?

To me, methods are tools: Use the most appropriate for the desired result.

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