A Photoshop-Free Click!


Shizen Ao|I used a C-PL filter with this.


Bright Santana|See, told you that it’s better to use the kit lens… wait, is this with C-PL!?


Leafy Petals|It seemed naturally-saturated.


WX5|Is the CP-L still there!?


Spaeter Blumen|No comment haha.


Autumn Bliss|Saturated, but CP-L? Not yet there.

Guten Morgen peoples! These are the photos where there are NO edits, just watermarks.

So, if I have shitted out with the err… Workshop thing, lemme tell you about the secrets of talking pictures without using Photoshop. There are tips, and some photographers who tried doing this will teach you how to do it… well, yeah.

One-shot Picture-Perfect is a rarity

If most people rely on Photoshop, that’s because they prefer to manipulate the background to make it more attractive. Everything is possible with Photoshop. Am I right, Dakota Rose Ostrenga? Felice Lilith Fawn?

However, there are one-shot photos that are palatable to see, so take note of Joey Fitzpatrick’s words, that post-processing should be used only when needed.

Why do most pro photographers rely on post-processing?

Alright, if you expect that most pro photographers are doing one-shot photos perfectly, sometimes, they prove you wrong. They want to make it more emphasized, so no wonder, they send it to NatGeo or Time Magazine just in case they have it post-processed. Well, it doesn’t really count if you’re using a post-processing software, for as long as you know how to flatter the subjects with the naked eye.

Another thing is that, most pro’s are not contented with the color output the camera provides. Sometimes, they turn it to lomo shots so that it would look desaturated. Talk about desaturation, it’s like making your photos look vintage. However, I do not simply desaturate my photos. HAHA, they would look dull if I did that.

Here are some of my post-processed photos, just like dreaming for an iTouch or iPhone 4/S because of Instagram!


Picnic Grove|This is a somewhat desaturated lomo-fied photo.


Imagining the Orient|Another post-processed photo, there’s no doubt, it’s the best. HAHA.

I may be a shutter-happy person, but contrary to popular belief, I only select various photos from the memory card, and the rest is just history. HAHA. I’m not a very good hobbyist, but I’d say, it’s just that I love flattering subjects.

It’s not bad to post-process, but…

Joseph Cheng said, “True skill is less on the computer and more on the camera.” It’s true; like there are pro’s who do not use post-processing software besides correcting exposure, white balance, and so on. Post-processing isn’t really that bad, it’s only that sometimes, we have to flatter subjects frugally. Well, I really can’t flatter AA Klenk on my camera (why post-process her face, if she has make-up already?), actually. She’s a ready-to-be-captured subject, to be honest. Well, every actor is like that, when there’s makeup.

Take note of this: It’s not bad to post-process, for as long as you don’t follow the example of Dakota Rose. Forcing your features and extremities to be flattering is like, “She’s perfect.” Oh, no you don’t! You are not a television or a cameraman.

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Posted on February 8, 2012, in Photography, Photography Memoirs and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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