Photoshop is one of the most complex and powerful creative tools ever invented. Like all creative tools, it requires talent, imagination, knowledge and a lot of practice to use the program well.
No two people use Photoshop in precisely the same manner. This is because there are as many different ways to edit a photographic image in Photoshop as there are users.
You can simply click on an auto adjustment, or you can manipulate the original image beyond recognition. If you are like me, you can also replicate the methods used in the film-based darkroom of old.
This approach involves composing your subject in camera and remaining faithful to the original capture during editing. The colours and tonal range of the resulting capture are ‘massaged’ in Photoshop in essentially the same manner as filters, paper grades and dodging and burning under the enlarger were used in the darkroom.
Like Photoshop, darkroom techniques also require talent, knowledge and practice.
The end product is identical in form to what appeared in front of the camera, with only slight alterations to tone and colour.
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