Updated 08/30/21, & still relevant today!
03/29/07: “PHOTOSHOP” – the image conjures up in most people’s minds (including some who should know better) a “miracle cure” for all things photographic – just watch an episode of CSI on TV – they can take a postage stamp corner of crappy little cell phone camera output taken 100 yards away, and read the label on the perp’s clothes!!
PULEEEEEEEZ! Give me a break!
In reality, Photoshop is just a tool – a very powerful tool, but a tool, nonetheless. I think of it as my “digital enlarger” – what I once used to do on an enlarger in the analog world I can do in Photoshop with lot’s more control and options.
But it is NOT a “miracle cure” – your output is basically going to be as good as your input.
I’d suggest heeding the advice of the old adage – GIGO – “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. Somewhere along the way, in the transition from analog/film to digital, some photographers have gotten sloppy in their photographic discipline – “Oh, I can fix it in Photoshop”.
Perhaps, for new photographers as well as the more experienced, better education is needed on the basics of photography – exposure, composition, focus, etc. – and less on all of the bells and whistles in Photoshop and other software and hardware …
Just my opinion, what do YOU think?
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John Watts 🙂