In this image of Playboy model Laura, I used Nik Software Silver Efex Pro to provide a black and white film effect.
I see it everyday on photography forums online, “shoot RAW, fix it in Photoshop, don’t worry about it, that’s what postproduction is for,” etc., etc. At the hundreds of photography workshops I’ve taught in the past twelve plus years, I’ve heard it too, time and time again—my response, “Get it right in the camera.” Think of postproduction as the place where you develop the photograph, not create it—reserve postproduction creativity for turning photos of nothing into something as your last resort, or for image making playtime.
Even with that hard nose response and shooting ethic, I too am guilty of playing around in Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Lightroom® and with my bundle of Nik Software filters—but I use those tools not as a crutch, but as a creative outlet when I’m either bored, want to experiment, or quite frankly, had such a difficult shoot that I couldn’t get it right in the camera.
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