IMAGE MAKING COMES FIRST
There’s a saying, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” I sometimes feel like a broken record, but that’s okay. In our image making, we need to spend time with our subjects, decide what our goals are, evaluate what it will take to make it happen, and then do it. We need to learn what we need to learn. We need to try new and different techniques without the expectation of being perfect in our early efforts.
Yes, we have amazing post-processing tools at our fingertips that can “fix” just about anything we didn’t or couldn’t do in the field. “I’ll crop it later, fix it in post, swap the sky, hide the defects with textures or some other method.” I hear these statements and more and continue to encourage (almost insist) that the best work be done in the field. The idea is simply to rely as little as possible on the “fixers” and work under the “refiners” perspective.
Are there times when we don’t have a wide enough or long enough lens? Yup. Are there times when much in a scene works, but there are elements out of our control? Of course. We either decide to make the image knowing what it will take to achieve our goal or we decide to appreciate the scene for what it is and walk away. Are there times when the light isn’t ideal? Of course. We work with what we are given and make whatever adjustments we need to, even if it means we don’t make the images we had expectations of making.
The images we make and get to choose to work with fall in several categories, including the ones requiring very little “make-up” through to those that need a “total makeover.” I prefer not to work with the latter.