Post # 1
Recently I read about a bee who was apprehensive about using a particular photographer. It turns out, this photographer does not use Photoshop! He said, “What you see in the camera is what you get.” At first, my thought was “I’d never hire someone like that!”
But then it occurred to me that since I work in advertising, there was a good chance I was biased, since our job is less “show things as they really are” and more “let’s make this look good at any cost.”
What about you? Would you ever hire a photographer who did not use Photoshop or a similar editing program? I’m not talking about someone who can’t/won’t make the roses red on a black-and-white background. I am talking about someone who can’t remove shadows, take out errant hairs, soften expressions, blur weird details, desaturate distracting backgrounds, etc.
Post # 3
The photographer I hired uses photoshop.
It was not a make or break point for me to hire her. I like her, I like her style and I think she’ll do a good job, photoshop or no. If worst came to worse, I could always touch up my own photos (I own photoshop), but no. The photo editing software is not important to me in the slightest.
Post # 4
I think all photographers should use photoshop! Not every picture is going to be posed. I had a photobomb in my first look pictures and luckily they were photoshopped out. Nothing could have prevented it.
But I do think that many photographers use photoshop to hide bad photography or to make it look too artsy.
Post # 5
Our photographer did almost no post-editing to the photos. They turned out phenonmenal. I’ve also seen awesome photography that has been enhanced. I think it’s just a matter of personal preference? I’d agree that it seems that many photographers do use it these days, and that’s totally fine.
ETA: I know ours would clean things up if there were issues like those mentioned in the OP. It just isn’t standard practice for him to edit all of the photos, if that makes sense?
Post # 6
You can get great photos out of camera using a professional. I dont do much post work.. I dont have to. I hardly ever use Photoshop at all specially for event work, I use another program and still dont have to do much post work, mostly culling and cropping happens. Reality is you shouldn’t be doing a bunch of PSing.. get it right in the camera..
Many high end DSLRs have retouching/cropping features right in the camera. He may use those or he uses the features in his download utility that came with his camera.
Post # 7
You can be an amazing photographer with an awesome camera but when you are photographing dozens or hundreds of people and there are no second chances I think that photoshop is a necessary tool. But there is a difference between shopping out zits or fading distracting backgrounds and making someone 50 lbs lighter.
Post # 8
I am a wedding photographer so I know how important editing your photos is. No matter how amazing a photographer is, most of them do some extra digital work on their photos. You don’t have to use photoshop to do this, and it doesn’t mean that the photos are being altered from reality. Those are specialty retouching techniques or creative enhancements which usually cost extra or are only applied to some of your images (depending on the photographer). In fact, 50% of basic editing work is used to make sure the content of the photos look the way they did in reality. If the color balance, exposure, contrast etc is wrong, your photos are just going to look strange or even ugly. I would bet that most people who see photo that’s been edited in these basic areas woudl guess that it hadn’t been edited at all.
The only reason a photographer would do no editing at all is to save you a lot of money. Usually the cost of wedding photography is high largely due to the 15-30 hours spend editing your photos.
Post # 9
Regardless of whether the use it or not, I think that anyone that calls themself a professional photographer should know how to use photoshop. Its a matter of knowing the tools of your trade. Why would you want to waste your money on someone that is unwilling to learn all the aspects of their job? Its like a doctor not knowing how to do CPR…. they might not ever need to use it, but wouldn’t you expect them to at least know how? Just in case???
Post # 10
Most really great photography doesn’t need editing to make it look better. I’ll be so caked up on makeup that I won’t have blotches to remove either. Photoshop at this point sounds like overkill.
Post # 11
I have a feeling the people who don’t care don’t actually understand what Lightroom and Photoshop (and their equivalents) actually do for photos.
Post # 12
@PlumeriaSplash: Sharpening, resizing, and a whole host of other things are tweaked in these programs. Most post-processing isn’t about removing blemishes.
Post # 13
It’s a TOTAL dealbreaker for me. I love the look of perfectly finished photos.
Post # 14
I don’t want my photographer to use photo editing; if I want something changed, I can always change it myself. 🙂
Post # 15
@AcheneMalefic: Legally speaking, you might not be permitted to alter the photographer’s images, depending on the language in their contract.
Post # 16
@crayfish: I completely agree. It”s not all about removing blemishes and such.