I’ll Fix It in Photoshop

The Photo Shop
The Photo Shop

Some people understand that in photography it’s all about the light. They scout out a location, set up a tripod, check their camera settings and patiently wait for the golden hour that usually lasts a few minutes.

Other people will shoot something they find interesting when they’re standing in front of it, even if conditions aren’t perfect. I’ll fix it in Photoshop they think to themselves, sometimes converting to black and white or using a filter or special effect.

The problem is that photography is all about the light, and most of the time you can’t make a bad photo great by playing with curves, levels, exposure and all the other tools in Photoshop.

Award winning photographer Jay Maisel once said: “There is no bad light. There is spectacular light and difficult light. It’s up to you to use the light you have.” I think that’s a little like saying there are no bad dogs, but if you watch The People’s Court cases with flesh eating Pit bulls you might disagree.

I’m posting this photo as an example of what not to do because the light was bad and I couldn’t fix it in Photoshop. I can go back this afternoon with a tripod and patiently wait, maybe even get a great sunset reflected in the windows, or I can remind myself of another Jay Maisel quote: “There is no one solution to all problems. It’s the problem itself that can lead to the solution.”

I think a giant sandwich and an afternoon nap in a nice warm bed might be the solution in this case. If it’s good enough for Dagwood it’s good enough for me.

8 thoughts on “I’ll Fix It in Photoshop

  1. Depends what kind of photography someone does, photo art or document. Photo art has fun with bad light as well as perfect light. Photo editing for art, not documenting, aims to make day light look like night and vice versa. Two very different types of photography.

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    1. Absolutely Jessie. Ideally I would never take a photo unless it was the during the 5 minutes the golden hour seems to last. But that golden light is not guaranteed every morning and night and I need to murder the hours (see recent post). I see your blog is called Do Not Leave Home Without Editing but there are people in this world who shoot only JPEGs and post them. Perfect photos are becoming cliche and boring these days anyway. Thanks for visiting.

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