Is Editing Really Required?


Is postproduction absolutely necessary after capturing a photograph?
Amartya Bhatt, Mumbai

This has been a long-drawn debate between puritans, who believe excessive editing kills the art of photography and contemporary photographers, who believe in introducing techniques or effects to an image that is unknown to a camera.

But it all boils down to one thing, which is the photographer’s vision. Before anybody makes a shot, they think about what they want it to be. Editing the finally shot picture in order to stay true to the imagination, is absolutely fine. As long as the photograph conveys what the photographer wishes to convey, there need not be a tussle. But if the photographer wishes to pass off a seemingly unrealistic picture as an unedited one, then there lies the problem!

This article originally appeared in the Nov 2014 issue of Better Photography.

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