Silver Award by Armand Sarlangue, Classic Landscape category, 2018 Better Photography Photo of the Year Award
I hear photographers saying that unless they use Photoshop or Lightroom, they could never win a photography competition. And I agree – but I think we are talking about two completely different things.
Generally, when photographers complain about Photoshop, they’re talking about highly constructed composites or special filter effects. In the past when these techniques were used, they did impress the judges and won a lot of awards, but these days, overworked photographs can actually score less, not more.
When I talk about using Photoshop – or Lightroom or Capture One – I’m suggesting that every entry can be improved with a little post-production. You might just lighten or darken the image, or darken down a corner – the point I’m suggesting is that successful photographers do not rely on their cameras to deliver the final result. EVERY image can be improved or strengthened with a little post-production – just as we used to do in the darkroom when shooting with film.
The mark of a competent photographer is the appropriate use of post-production.
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