Photoshop Flopin Photography Business
By steveo3/Steven (191)
on October 8, 2002 5:15:09 PM CDT
Photoshop "Reviews"Is photoshop really worth the time?
Features within PSSure, Photoshop has some pretty cool features to better your photography, including everything available in the traditional darkroom. Some features that have been unavailable to photographers in the past, but easily accessable to today's photographers are some pretty cool filters such as liquify and neon glow, color balancing can be done with the click of a button, and undone (if you don't like it) just as easily. Also, you can clone stamp, or with the newer version of Photoshop, you can "heal" people and take away blemishes and age lines. One zebra on the horizon can become an entire herd. Ditto with any other animal, or for that matter, anything in the image.
Time Consuming FactorImagine---You are on the rivers of Vienna, or anywhere for that matter, and just around the corner upcomes THE perfect, I'm talking "Outdoor Photographer" Magazine cover opportunity. You raise your camera, you realize, "No...the sky is 1.3 stops brighter than my foreground, and I'm shooting slides! What do I do?" In comes the almighty Photoshop. You take the picture regardless of split ND filters or otherwise. Once you get home, you scan in the image, and go to work. It is almost like surgery...be it 20 minutes or 3 days, the work has to be tedious to get just the right result. Some people will spend twice or more tha time in the "wet" darkroom to get the same or better results. I say "better" because look at Ansel Adams' work. It has a certain glow that surpasses any black and white image done on the computer. I think he would be extremely shocked to see that today's photography is done on the computer. But, nontheless, the image in Vienna (or wherever) is complete. The sky is saved! You have that month's OP magazine cover....YEAH!! But, you say that the image was straight from the camera. You lied . But is it okay? Is Photoshop now accepted as a photography tool such as a filter or tripod?
Pros and ConsYes and No. That is the answer. It always is. Photoshop is both a piece of equipment as much as a Polarizer or split ND filter. Unfortunately, some places still don't accept digital files including some stockhouses, a handful of contests, and a pinch of Custom Labs. The one right down the street from me has just opened their doors to scanning and printing from digital files. However, like I said in the "Time Consuming Factor" section in this article, Photoshop also is a HUGE help when it comes to saving images when a serious error or "Ohh man, I took that filter out of by bag yesterday and didn't put it back in!! Arrrrggghhh!!" comes into play. However, digital photography has made a nest in today's silver based Halide technology. Without some sort of image editing programs, how will digital photographers both edit and print their images?
ConclusionEnough said. Photoshop is not a "FLOP" by all means. It is a wonderful tool, when used properly. It has made friends in the world of "Drawing with light". Hey, after all, pixels are light too.
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