“to edit or not to edit – that is the question—
Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous photography,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of mediocrity,
And by opposing end them? To dream, to re-see, to create, or to reject,
aye there’s the rub…….”
(apologies to Hamlet and Will Shakespeare)
Being a candid people street photographer of long standing and traditional background, it has always gone against the grain (pardon) for me to see the extreme digital manipulation and editing of Street and other genre of Photography.
I have tried to draw the line between Photography and Photography Based Digital Art. I accepted ‘normal’ editing such as cropping, dodging and burning, etc. to bring the photograph into line with what I would have normally done in the dark room, but more than that was not in my vocabulary. Most of you who have troubled to read some of my rants and raves here and elsewhere know exactly how I feel.
But, hey! I suddenly find myself mellowing, just as a good wine, with age. It all started when I came across DxO Labs offer of their DxO FilmPack 3 for free, before their release of FilmPack 4. I downloaded it and started to use it to bring back some of the qualities that I loved in film but was losing when converting my scans to digital, and it worked.
The next step that evolved was playing around with different presets. I have never been a fan of using other people’s creativity as my own, but again, hey! using presets as a springboard for my own interpretations seems good. At present my workflow is Lightroom adjustments followed by preset enhancement/modification and finally Lightroom finishing.
I’m still playing with this new (for me) stuff and my Street Photography remains as it was on film, but anything else is open to creative manipulation/editing and/or seduction.