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In less than 1000 words, describe your gut reaction to reading those words in a forum discussion
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I spy a blue touch paper about to be lit
Flawed. One word is enough.
I prefer to get it right about 6 months to a year before I use the camera in research, vision, inspiration, commitment, planning and preparation.
I prefer to get it right in camera to make it easier to perfect in post.
Presumably you want a few honest answers here as well Ade, as opposed to the hornets nest that you've just smashed open
I like to get things as good as I can in camera, but I also enjoy the processing of my images just as much. Shooting in RAW as I do, a certain amount of work needs to be done in the "digital darkroom" just to process the shot to get it looking like the scene you initially captured. However, then comes the fun part, which is where I guess most "purists" get all out of shape, is the creative or artisitic side of taking things further and producing an image that has more mood or drama than the flat processed original had. At the end of the day it's all down to personal taste - you do things for yourself first and foremost, and if anyone else likes it, then that's a bonus.
No camera can replicate what the eye sees...and no one person will "see" the same picture, therefore, I would suggest that "get it right in camera" is not a phrase that is definable.
You can shoot the image to any setting you like and it may please you...but a RAW shot is the camera's interpretation of the settings (or even a mathematical equation based on the parameters programmed into the circuit board (Digital)) which leaves you to decide how you wan the end product to look.
Its a bit like saying
"I prefer not crashing"
when referring to driving
"I prefer not stabbing myself in the eye with a fork"
when referring to eating
"I prefer hitting the right notes"
when referring to musicians playing tunes
It doesn't need to be said, ever, because it's axiomatic.
so my reaction is.... "what a t0sser"
I will avoid poking the bear, but I like to get it right in the camera too but my thoughts on that differ from the typical tirade offered by those that usually utter those words.
"Getting it right in the camera" to me means that I use the camera as a tool to produce a foundation of the final image that I want to produce, quite often that means that the RAW "product" direct from my camera looks relatively over exposed with a fairly neutral colour palatte, it is also quite often a little looser in the framing than the final image in order to enable me to make the final tweaks and produce the image I want to produce and not the image that the camera wants to produce.
Quote: In less than 1000 words, describe your gut reaction to reading those words in a forum discussion
One word would suffice Ade "B*****ks"
But to expand, if you would say optimise the image as best you can in camera, then I would agree, then use the digital darkroom to fine tune just as it was in film days, just as was / is used in a wet darkroom.
I would even say that for DMs as each element should be photographed to get the best out of it.
Why restrict yourself to a single tool it's like asking a painter to use only one brush.
Ade, what you said.
"I prefer to get it right in camera" - implying, that if the poster doesn't get it right, he/she throws it away?
When someone says that, it usually sounds like sour grapes to me - read "I'm crap at Photoshop".
Or perhaps it's a purist who believes that photographs should only ever represent what you actually saw, possibly aided by some grad filters, and that anything else is heresy.
Or an artist - "I prefer to finish a painting in one sitting"
I prefer to get it as right as possible in camera to reduce the time I have to sit at a computer mucking around with it afterwards. Simple.
But that's just me. I know that these days I'm in a minority...
Nick gets it right with B******S.
'Getting it right in the camera' means getting the result that the camera's PC programmer prefers as the best option for those who cannot process it further.
I see what you mean but 'getting it right in camera' can only be the base for further tweaking out side camera, unless you are pleased with the in camera results.
I often process RAW files in camera, but mostly PP out of camera. It depends if more PP/tweaks are required. Don't forget, that the final image will be subjective as good as it might be to your eyes.
I had these on going problems at my camera club competitions where you could never please all the judges all the time.
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