My goal, with every photograph I take, is to make each image be the very best that it can be by my standards and by general artistic standards. I realize that this is a lot to ask of myself but still, for each image that I think is presentable to the public, I try my best to reach my set goal. For some images this might just mean some gentle processing, mostly with Adobe Lightroom, but for other images it may mean some work in Photoshop or in other software programs. I should probably say, at this point, that I like to process photos and I like to create with my images and working with RAW images works well for me because of this. I get satisfaction in seeing the end result and by knowing that I can, most of the time anyway, create a more artistic, more perfect image than what I was able to originally photograph. In order to reach my goal in this endeavor I realized early on in my photography journey that I needed to know whatever base software I intended to use very, very well and that I also needed to know at least parts of other programs as needed. I do believe that not being proficient in digital processing software can leave some photographers behind the “photography curve.” I use Adobe Lightroom CC Classic 90% of the time (which I know very well but still continue to learn new things about) and became Adobe certified in and use Adobe Photoshop most often as a secondary program (which I know marginally well enough in the areas I need to know). I often use plugin programs from several other companies as well as other base processing programs. I believe it’s important for a photographer to find a processing program that works well for him or her and then get to know it intimately so they can use it effectively to create images that meet their vision.
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