When I first started taking pictures the idea of “Photoshoping” made my skin crawl. I felt that the best picture is the picture you take the first time - not the one you edit. My rant always started off with: “The best pictures in history weren’t photoshopped…”; but that was history. Photography as a whole has significantly changed since the time of Henri-Cartier Bresson or even a Gordon Parks.
I thought I could be a “purist” photographer, but being a purist photographer is as simple as seeing something interesting and hitting the shutter button.
That’s what I believe a photographer is and should do; they find the moment that others over look, capture it, then share it with everyone to see. The editing process seemed like it altered that moment to me; it felt like after editing, the moment wasn’t pure anymore.
Photography is about the creation of images by the manipulation of light. Who says that I can’t bring up the exposure just a bit, boost the color of that sunrise, heal the laugh lines of a sensitive model? I want my photos to speak for itself, why not give it a bit of an accent to be more interesting. I have been using Lightroom for the past couple months and I don’t see mutated beings, but a moment with focus, a guitar tuned. I want to better this craft.
~ Sincerely, Nick aka PoeticLifePhoto