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Old Apr 14, 2004, 8:53 PM   #1
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I've been taking pic's with Sony P72 & Canon SD100 for several weeks and have only recently started using Photoshop for post-shoot adjustments. Using Auto-Level/Contrast/Colour etc, I notice that the results are much better than the originals. The originals were mostly shot at full auto settings.

Would "enthusiasts" consider the use of Photoshop to be an integral part of digital photography, irrespective of camera??enthusiasts
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Old Apr 14, 2004, 9:05 PM   #2
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Without a doubt!
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Absolutely.

You have to realize that when you were working in film and sent it to a lab to have it printed (if its "Costco" or "Dave's Photo Printing Experts") they change your picture. They alter the contrast, color, and maybe other things to make the picture "right".

Of course, who's definition of right is the question. Even now, if you send your digital files to Costco or Walmart they will probably use a Fuji Frontier printer (a high end printer that many "pro" lab use.) If used at its default settings it will "enhance" the picture in ways that most people like, and that work for the average picture. Pictures like a simple landscape or a group of people sitting at a table....

So it will be altered/edited without you even knowing it.

So go right ahead and use photoshop to adjust your picture. Almost every picture benefits from it.

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ps. Even people who do their own darkroom work enhace their pictures. One of those little hidden secrets of photography.
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Of course, who's definition of right is the question. Even now, if you send your digital files to Costco or Walmart they will probably use a Fuji Frontier printer (a high end printer that many "pro" lab use.) If used at its default settings it will "enhance" the picture in ways that most people like, and that work for the average picture. Pictures like a simple landscape or a group of people sitting at a table....
FYI: Costco use the Noritsu with CT-1/2 Consumer Terminals, self prints orders...
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I have just started learning Photoshop Elements and am very pleased!
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I agree. Why shouldn't you adjust a picture to make it better, if you can?

Honestly, I think I haven't posted any original picture here right out of the cam.
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My motto - shoot like photoshop doesn't exist, then use it as much as you can. Photoshop is here to stay - no professional photographer should be without it.
On a sidenote, you can go to Dry Creek Photo and download an ICC profile for your local Costco, and when you give it to them, tell them not to make any adjustments, because you already corrected everything yourself in Photoshop.
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Adjusting the photo - absolutely. PhotoShop - perhaps. PS can be a bit like swatting flies with a sledgehammer: might not make a hole in the wall, but PS can make a hole in your bank account. Lighter duty tools might be better (for sure cheaper, likely easier) for simple jobs.
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Old Apr 15, 2004, 8:04 PM   #9
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Thks all for the replies.

All I do on PS is to Auto Levels+Contrast+Colours on all the pics that I want to print, which gets a bit repetitive. Is there some macro function that can be programmed to do this?

Anyway, considering that most "enthusiasts" do use PS, or something similar, the critical reviews of tops cameras are somewhat superficial as the differences in exposure performances would be ironed out - perhaps not for CA which I have gathered from elsewhere cannot be removed by PS unless you shoot in RAW.
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