Creative Freedom

by R J Poole April. 10, 2017 2561 views
Lismore NSW 2016

Trapped

Modern photography has been in a constant state of development for almost two centuries. Different cameras, lenses, emulsions and processing methods have played a part in this on-going history. 

With each stage there has been protest from those intimidated by the change.

There have always been attempts to define or restrict what constitutes ‘real’ photography, yet the nature of human creativity is not limited by boundaries or definitions.

Photoshop is one of the most complex and powerful creative tools ever invented. Like any creative tool, it all comes down to the user as to what results from it.

Photoshop doesn’t make great images any more than paint brush leaps off the palette to create a masterpiece – it’s the people using it who do that.

Having said this, it’s easy to over-cook an image in Photoshop and make it look false or too contrived. With practice and a little discretion however, the program can be used to complement what is already there.

No two people use it in precisely the same manner and there are methods that vary enormously from one another. 

In my case, I compose ‘in camera’ and go to great lengths to ensure that what’s in front of the lens is real. I then use Photoshop very simply and sparingly to get the most out of the intrinsic qualities of the image.

For those who consider this a cheat that only involves the push of a button, there’s a simple answer:

“Let’s see you achieve the same results by pushing a button”.

If your creative process ends with a press of the shutter release, I don’t have problems with that – you have that freedom. But don’t imagine what’s appropriate for you is appropriate for others. 

“Without freedom, there is no creation.”— Jiddu Krishnamurti


Join the conversation
13
There are 13 comments , add yours!
Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

This is a work that goes much beyond our average pictures here in PB.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
R J Poole Replied to Antonio Gil 4 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for your kind words Antonio - I'm very flattered. What aspect of my work moves you to say such a thing?

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil Replied to R J Poole 4 years, 4 months ago

The way you use a picture to convey emotions and of course the technical aspect.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Josh Odonnell 4 years, 5 months ago

Love this! Excellent work!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
R J Poole Replied to Josh Odonnell 4 years, 5 months ago

Thank you Josh - that's very kind of you!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Kaeyla Mcgee 4 years, 5 months ago

Stunning portrait - raw and real.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Heike 4 years, 5 months ago

A very intensive and captivating portrait !

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Longchamp Henri 4 years, 5 months ago

Welcome to the club of "hindered photographers".
Forbidding the use of 'toshop is a bit like demanding painters not to use ready made colors.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Vishesh Mulchan 4 years, 5 months ago

This post speaks to me. So much people want to bind everyone by their own rules.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
R J Poole Replied to Vishesh Mulchan 4 years, 5 months ago

Yes - agreed Vishesh. Photography is a very competitive field and the only way to counter that is to be more sharing. Thanks for your comment.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Vishesh Mulchan Replied to R J Poole 4 years, 5 months ago

You're welcome. Keep up the good content.

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful image, so creative!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
R J Poole Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 4 years, 5 months ago

Thank you for your kind words Giancarlo!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com