Yesterday's entry provoked an interesting discussion on the role of Photoshop within photography and I'm sure that I don't need to reiterate my own views again, but ...

For me, Photoshop – like a camera, or a lens, or a flashgun, or an enlarger – is a tool. It's something that I use to make photographs, or for the purists, it's something that I use to make images. And that's it. For me, it's simply something I use.

Take today's shot as an example (which like yesterday's is one that I'm not entirely convinced about, but my wife likes it): I knew that this shot would require some post-processing, as while the elements and main colours are fine, the lighting was fairly dreadful. It was a dullish day, with a flat, bright sky, and I guess I could have walked on by, and not taken the shot, but I thought the body language and complementary colours of their shirts was worth recording. So, the post-processing in this case is an attempt to focus on those aspects of the shot that I think are interesting, while playing down what I see as the deficits in the scene itself.

Interestingly, if I'd had a toy camera with me, it might well have produced a shot broadly similar to this one. But I don't own one so have come up with something broadly similar in style using Photoshop. Is that 'cheating'? I don't think so, but would guess that some people might.

captured
camera
lens
focal length
aperture
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
ISO
flash
image quality
RAW converter
cropped?
12.15pm on 18/8/05
Canon 20D
EF 70-200 f/4L USM
122mm (195mm equiv.)
f/4.5
1/1250
aperture priority
+0.0
evaluative
100
no
RAW
C1 Pro
minor
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