Picture Good. Picture Real Good!

I’ve got more than my fair share of photo manipulation programs. The goal is to actually learn enough about these programs to do the ‘thought’ of my intentions a little bit of justice. You no likey likey picture? I fix for you. You likey picture with blue sky? OK! I fix for you! I give you blue sky!

Alright, I’ll spare you the rest of my Franken-Monkey meets Graphic Artist routine….but I think you get the point. When I started out on this photography journey, I must say that I was a bit of a self-proclaimed photograph purist. I say self-proclaimed because quite honestly, I had NO true idea of what was involved in producing the end result that is a photograph. Like many, I wanted to believe that post processing was for people that didn’t really know how to take pictures. I believed that once I turned in a roll of film to my local Walmart, the stork brought me the ‘baby’. There was no ‘sex’, babies just landed on your doorstep. That’s how photographs happen, right? Walmart brings them? Not even close.

Truthfully, prior to digital, the actual development of film is considered to be post processing. And surprise! Black and white photos are post processed, too. Ironically, PhotoShop has transitioned from being a noun to a verb. Hearing people say ‘That’s photoshopped‘ or ‘This is PhotoShopped‘ is really starting to annoy me. Darkrooms still exist, and no I don’t feel better a picture if I know that someone themselves in a room with toxic chemicals to create something beautiful. PhotoShop is still a noun. People do take good pictures.

I’m learning. It’s going to be a while, but I’m getting there.


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