Summary – Craftsmanship, when it comes to photography (or art in general), is a paradox. It can be viewed as both the most & least important element when it comes to making an extra-ordinary image.
How can photographic craftsmanship be
Both the most & the least important element
When it comes to making an extra-ordinary image?
Most – without correct exposure, focus, color, etc.
A captured image is normally a failure
Regardless of whatever other merits it may have
This is craftsmanship
Least – there are three other elements
That go into making an image
(any image, not just a photo)
Composition, Creativity and Communication
Collectively they trump craftsmanship
In separating ordinary from extra-ordinary
Images with perfect craftsmanship
Are still ordinary images – usually
Creative & perfectly composed images with a compelling story
Are seldom merely ordinary
In the field of logic one would say
Craftsmanship is necessary – but not sufficient
And what does this have to do with anything?
I’m just trying to remind myself of
Where post-processing fits in the grand scheme of things
For my personal brand of “pure” photography
Post-processing is part of craftsmanship, nothing else
Not so if your idea of creativity runs to “Faux-paintings”
I need to remind myself while looking for
Possible Nik Collection replacements
That whatever I decide – it’s a small piece of the puzzle
Post-processing just “tweaks” craftsmanship
(assuming I did my in-camera part well)
If you’re a good photographer
P-P is just a bit of spit & polish
The real work in making an extra-ordinary “pure” photo
Is over when the camera shutter is released
There are no-short cuts like the old saw
I’ll just fix it in Photoshop
Programs to fix Composition & Creativity
Or to create emotion & tell a story
Don’t exist – and never will
Just something to think about in terms of
Keeping things in perspective
Think about it
Thanks, Juergen, for your recent comment along these lines.
A final note –
Have you ever stopped to think
When images of ANY type are viewed in terms of the “4-C’s”
ONLY the Craftsmanship element is different
There is no difference in the other three elements
Whether it’s a photo, a sketch, a pastel or a painting
Skills in those three are transferable
That’s the reason why I have more books with art images
Than books with photos
You can learn more about making extra-ordinary images by
Studying paintings and the old masters, than
Looking at photos or worse
Reading another post-processing how-to
(or this blog) 😉
And a final, final note –
The path to extra-ordinary images
Isn’t buying better equipment & software
That, at best, just improves your craftsmanship
The other 3-C’s are more important and
Better “stuff” won’t help 😉
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