Summary – “Pure” photography – was the theme of the recent major Nikon ad campaign. What does pure photography mean? Many things to many people. To some it’s the equipment & processes used – view cameras & wet darkrooms for example. To others, it’s film, not digital. For me, it’s the look of the final image regardless of time frame, equipment, or type of “development”. It’s a realistic image – one that looks like what I might see with my “eyeballs” in real life.
Why this post?
This is the opening of my search for
A Nik Collection “just-in-case” fall-back
It’s a description of what’s important to me
When it comes to post-processing images
It starts with describing what I expect my images to look like
I want traditional photos (per my own definition)
Not vintage, not Instagram, not faux-paintings, not….
This description of “my pure photo” leads to
Defining my post-processing software requirements
Non-traditional images are fine – I often make them for fun
But, for me, “fun-fauxto” software is secondary
Not an essential element of my Nik-replacement suite
What I want in a photo
First and foremost – a good (perfect?) straight photo
If you’ve tried or watched competitive photography, you know
The rules for “straight” photography aren’t clear-cut
(An aside) A suggestion for clubs –
Instead endless words about
What you can & can’t do in the digital darkroom
Make your rules simply state
Images must appear realistic
(regardless of the processing)
If it looks like something you might actually see
Then it’s a “straight” photo – PERIOD
The definition should rely totally on the end – not the means
Besides – if the photo appears realistic
How could you prove otherwise re. post-processing
(short of examining the “negative” – raw file)
Back to the regular show –
My priority when making images is to
Make the best “realistic” image that I can
I am, always have been, always will be
Competitive & perfection driven
Now – the competition is with myself
It starts in the camera (get it right in the camera) and
Then the software
Finishes the job when & where needed
What does this say about my post-processing priorities?
- Efficient workflow – at age 76 time is precious 😉
- Quick & simple local adjustments (in addition to global)
- Tone & color contrast adjustments are paramount
- B&W conversion is required
- Noise reduction is a plus, but I have other options
But what about? –
- Raw conversion
- Image file organization & management
I have those covered by other programs (keyed to above) –
- Lightroom & Nikon Capture NX2
- IMatch & Downloader Pro
- Qimage – the best print program on the planet 😉
To be continued….
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