Originally Posted by jimmyd
Photoshop is awesome-- An incredible tool! But it's just another tool. It's not the end all/be all of photography.
I wish I had known, in my 20's, just how much FUN this 'photography thing' is...then I would have had more experience in the Art *and* the Craft. Mind you, in my 20's, digital was not even a glimmer on the horizon. It was still a Film world and that entailed a whole different reality of getting the shot into the camera and then out again.
Actually, come to think of it, getting the image into the camera really has NOT changed, has it? Think about it...the camera body is still just the 'box' that holds the image that the lens has directed into it. It is the getting that image out that has changed.
I started into a more serious attempt of photography just before the onset of digital and, invariably, my film shots were, for the most part, crap! Frig!...and what an expensive way to learn. But as time (and rolls of film) went on I started getting better because I started to educate myself as to what the camera could and could not do. Still, I was really looking forward to the day that I would actually have a digital camera...for the immediacy...and the ability to shorten the learning curve! No more...shoot the roll, take to the developer, get the prints, suffer through disappointment. Nope, with digital I could see if I 'got the shot' and if I didn't, do it again until I did.
One older photographer once remarked that all I really wanted to do, when I championed digital, was to be a Snapshot Photog as she thought that only film was the way to 'make' a photograph. I know now that she's into digital in a big way.
But now there's no more taking a roll to be developed by others. Nope, instead I sit in front of my computer monitor doing that post production myself. Digital may be great but not if I have to spend hours then afterwards.
So the answer is to, as it has always been, "Get it right 'in-camera' first". Photoshop may be a great tool but I'd rather be doing something else with my apre-shoot time. Wouldn't you?