Use Image Editing Software As A Last Resort… for a while at least.


Try to use photo editing software as rarely as possible until you have a clear understanding of the abilities and limitations of your camera.

Although there are always things you can do to improve or even save a shot in software it can lull you into a kind of laziness with the act of photographing itself.

The final result of this will be a stunting in your development as a photographer (although you will probably get pretty good with the software!) and ultimately you will hit the wall creatively.

You will find yourself unable to really “get” that shot you want because you haven’t progressed technically or creatively with the camera in the first instance.


10 thoughts on “Use Image Editing Software As A Last Resort… for a while at least.”

  1. Really, you got all these beautiful shots without photo-editing software? Wow, I envy your talent, patience and devotion. Have a lot to learn from you. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope to hear from you soon.

    1. Whoa there tiger! No I didn’t get those shots without using editing software but my point is that you should keep trying to make the shots themselves better and better before you get them into software.

  2. Good advice but also a reality that digital photography and editing whether in camera
    depending on mode or post have become in many ways synonymous – maybe there’s a
    paleo diet related to editing that leads to a well rounded well versed photographer, which
    would be a good thing rather than always counting on editing software.
    Best thing is to know your gear and how to get the most out of it.
    Photography now more than at any time in it’s past has become an “art form” – as such
    presets and the latest and greatest are and will remain innovative and to one degree or another
    essential elements.

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