Ansel Adams embraced post processing in the dark room by dodging and burning (making adjustment in exposure) areas of the image for impact. The lesson that we learned from him is that post processing is just as important as the photo taking process, and shouldn’t be looked down upon as a lesser art form. Ansel Adams sometimes spent entire days locked up in his darkroom creating his prints. They didn’t come out of the camera that way.
And that is just as true today. When we shoot with care taking into consideration composition, exposure and the histogram of the image, we can effectively create what we saw in digital form.
Some of the tools we now use in Lightroom and Photoshop allow us to take “artistic license” to create the artist’s vision. However, as the photographer goes through the learning process, they start to “see” differently, and recognize beginner mistakes that can elevate the quality of their images. This article will point out some of the most common mistakes.