So I’m going to do it! I’m going to let out a dirty little secret that most photographers keep hidden: what my images look like SOOC. SOOC? What’s that? Another federal government acronym like TSA? Nope! It just means Straight Out Of Camera, as in old school – no Photoshop, no Lightroom, no nada! The reason I’m doing this is to show you why professional photographers are professional photographers.
First, you have to have the technical skills to take pictures correctly and the persona to relate to your clients, among other things. But you also need to be able to create a finished product. Some photographers take pride in using Photoshop to make their photograph into a work of art (hours later!) and others pride themselves in not desiring to do much to said photo except tweak the exposure and color balance. I’m in the middle. I want take excellent images but I also know Photoshop and Lightroom can unleash the real potential of an image and make it a “Wow!” portrait. Besides shooting in manual and adjusting for changing light considerations, I also enjoy seeing my images become refined portraits you can treasure forever.