« on: August 01, 2014, 05:00:02 PM »
ahsanford: do you have a blanket ban on using photoshop or flash? I don't normally carry a flash for the stuff I do but I made an effort to learn how to use it and it comes in very handy sometimes. When I'm shooting with my Fuji XE1 (for which I have only one lens - the 35 1.4) I usually shoot jpeg because I don't generally feel I need to process the shots much but I certainly shoot RAW 100% with my 1D4 for birds and RAW+jpeg for sports. The point is, putting arbitrary limits on the tools available doesn't make sense if the goal is good photos. Shooting with my XE1 is limiting because of the single prime lens and because I usually only shoot jpeg but I'm not married to those limitations. I'll crop shots if it makes them look better and I'll process them if it makes them look better. I just cannot fathom why anyone would look at a shot and say "I know this would be better if I did this and that but I'm not going to abandon ~*my principles*~"
No hard ban on either.
I'm not a huge fan of hard rules either, but I do like natural light for my aforementioned list of reasons. That said, I finally picked up a flash last year because friends were more and more asking me to take portraits or mill about at large family events, and I lost my pop-up flash when I migrated to FF. I'm also fooling around with touristy 'landscape portraiture' and backlit subjects are a mess without some help from a flash.
I use Photoshop principally to bring in my RAW shots through ACR and save them as JPEGs. I only do this for my 3-5% of best/keeper shots, and I do not spend more than 3 minutes editing a shot. I almost never perform surgery with masks and curves in PS. I recognize getting better at PS help me make a good shot great, but I rarely have the patience for it and I almost never print my work. (Note: I am not a professional photographer.)
Agree with your comment against dogmatic 'I would never...' rules on photography. I am hard-pressed to think of my personal 'I would never' photography rules, but if you twisted my arm, they would be...
- I would never shoot street photography of homeless/indigent folks, nor will I capture scenes of outright suffering. I'd sooner put the camera down and help those folks. (Goodness knows, there are enough photojournalists cataloging the world's difficulties these days, anyway.)
- I would never use a flash for concert photography, because I'd like to shoot another concert someday.
- I would never shoot macro of arachnids. (In fairness, that's not dogma -- that's phobia.)