The digital age has certainly made its impact on photography. There are tens to hundreds of software programs available to process your images. Because of this nowadays its so common to hear “I’ll just fix it later” or “I’ll just Photoshop it”. What happened to making beautiful images in camera?
Great images are made greater with software but the point is that they started great. Be sure to take your time and get the image that you envisioned. Great images don’t start when you click the shutter, they start with your vision. This vision can come even before you pick up the camera.
A huge part of making successful images is planning. In addition to processing software there are many other programs and apps that can help you prepare to get the image you want. You can use programs like The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) to plan when you will have the perfect light for your scene. You can also use apps like Stuck On Earth to preview what scenes will look like before you get there. What about weather forecasts? NOAA will give you an idea of what the weather will be like in the location you plan to shoot. A little planning can go a long way.
The great John Wooden said, “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” Take the time to do it right. Don’t be lazy! Do your homework and try to get the image right in camera. This will save you so much time and give you consistently better results.
Here is an example for you.
In the first image there are distracting bright lights and objects. This made the image seem too busy and took away from the subject. By simply moving your feet and changing your camera angle, you can get all that stuff out of the image and now the subject looks much better with little Photoshop work needed.