Over the weekend I rested a bit, talked with friends, and totally put my camera down for a few days. But that didn’t mean that photography wasn’t on my mind or being talking about.
And I had a few interesting conversations that culminated in one yesterday that I thought I should blog about.
See, recently a few folks were talking photography, and they covered my images as well as the images of a few other folks they follow. One photographer in the discussion mentioned that the interesting images I’ve been posting lately are interesting because of how much I edit them……. Uh, what?
If you’ve been following along the past few weeks you know that I have not been editing a lot. Recent event photography that I’ve been doing has been posted exactly as it was shot. Not even Lightroom adjustments. Here and there, a crop or two. But nothing else. Why? Am I done with editing? Nope, busy, busy, busy. Better yet, I’ve been enjoying putting out what comes right out of the camera.
Discussing the recent photography with a friend yesterday he brought up another photographer’s comment about me most likely editing, so while we talked I showed him through my Lightroom library. Each image I showed him the file extension. Raw, raw, raw, raw. I did show him what edits could achieve. But he was pretty surprised to find out that I’m really putting up what’s coming out of the camera. It’s interesting that folks think the recent stuff is edited. That’s a compliment right there. Means I’m getting closer to getting it right in the camera!
So, why have I been posting a lot of unprocessed images? Practice. Since January I’ve been reading about light. Portable light, speedlites, outdoor light, and more. After counting this morning I found that I’ve been through 9 different books this Spring (told you I’m a book addict). Why all the reading? Ummm, New Year’s resolution, remember?
Where is this all taking me? I don’t know. Landscapes are still my first passion, ghost towns too. But I think this whole learning process photographing people is going to help me get better with my favorite genres. I’m re-examining how I look at light, how I shoot, and what I shoot. And I think this whole process will take me somewhere, but we’ll all have to wait and see where that is.
So……when I say on the blog this or that isn’t edited, it’s true. How’d the image get so saturated, look edited, etc? I’m learning more about my camera and how I see things every day. Believe me, I’ll let you know when something is edited! 🙂