(Closed) SPINOFF: Would you ever hire a photographer who did not use Photoshop/equivalent

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: The photographer doesn't use a photo-editing program! What you see is what you get!

    This is a dealbreaker for me (why?)

    This doesn't matter to me (why not?)

    This is admirable, and would make me MORE likely to hire the person (why?)

  • Post # 62
    1000 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    P.S. We also tweak our colors a little, because we prefer gold over green, but even when you take that out of the mix and imagine the grass was still green, it’s still a better image with editing.

    Post # 63
    11227 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Dealbreaker. Not every single shot ever is going to come out perfectly. Things needed to be edited, brightened, toned down, etc. I also happen to love the look of filters, but that’s my photography style preference. 

    Post # 64
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Absolute dealbreaker. There might be that one perfect shot, but the lighting in the room is a tad off. I would then expect the photographer to fix this. I think that if you’re shooting digital, you’ve got to take the most out of it, and this includes those fiddly fixes photographers do on Photoshop/similar. Photoshop isn’t all about losing ribs to make you skinnier!

    I have to say though; the better the photographer is, the less work they’ll have to do post-shoot. As an amateur, I use hours on photoscape to try to get the lighting & sharpness right in a photo, whereas a professional would get it done in 5 mins. 

    I judge photographers by their use of photoshop. Nobody gets every picture right, every time. If they point-blank refuse to do any post-shoot adjustments, I get the feeling that they’re happy with lower quality photos. And when it comes to my wedding, I want my photographer to take pride in their work & present me with their idea of perfection.

    Post # 65
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    For me, when I hear another photographer say that they “never use photoshop”…. what I actually hear is “I have no clue how to use photoshop”. 

    Post # 66
    965 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I wouldn’t care, but it’s because I’m a graphic designer and I can do them myself and save the money. haha. So I’ve asked all the photographers I’ve talked to not to edit and to cut me a discount.

    BUT… If I didn’t know/use PS myself… I’d definitely want one who used it. Sometimes it just is a few simple lighting tweaks that make a photo go from “meh” to “wow”.

    Not using it is rather foolish, I’d think. I don’t care HOW awesome you and your camera are… there’s almost always room for some improvement. Again, it might be as simple as some saturation or level/light changes, or some cropping or something. It’s not necessarily “make me look thinner” or “take that zit off their face” lol


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