In Defense of Post-Processing author Mitch Green for Petapixel

This article is of course one persons opinion, take on post processing but I think it is well thought out and beneficial to those who do post process and take the heat for doing what they need to do to enhance an image within the range of reality.

I have to admit that quite a few years ago I held the opinion that making ANY changes to an image was not the right and ethical thing to do.  My belief was based on people who alter an image to such a point that it leaves no real reference to what was originally captured.  I still feel that way but there is nothing wrong with removing dust and perhaps a tree limb here and there.  There is nothing wrong with boosting the color of a sunset, or the change the focal point of a scene  by adding a vignette as long as the base capture remains pretty much the same.

The linked article below pretty much sums up how I feel about processing an image.

There will more than likely be those who continue to frown on your artistic choices but in the end if you are doing it right then you will not have changed the whole concept of the image you first recorded in your camera.  That being the case I would tell your critics to move on.

Think about it.  Why add spices to a good piece of meat before or after cooking. After all the meat did come spiced.  Why add butter to a baked potato which did not grow with butter in it.  Why add accessories to your computer or car instead of using them as they came to you?  I am just saying.   Enhancement is quite often a good thing.


Post-processing has become part of the trade for photographers. Whether it’s something as seemingly innocuous as tweaking the white-balance, or something m

Source: In Defense of Post-Processing

One thought on “In Defense of Post-Processing author Mitch Green for Petapixel

  1. Believe it or not… victorian era (that means before the year 1901 folks) photographers used to touch up their glass plate negatives, amending such annoyances as the paying customer’s double chin, which they’d do by painting over or scratching out the offending details

    For my opinion…. (FWIW)

    Your camera shoots a digital file.

    It’s all 1 and 0 and we call it RAW all cameras make RAW (but cheap compacts etc don’t let the user keep it)

    The software in the camera then makes a ‘print’ (sic) that we call a jpeg (that is technically still just binary 1 and 0s !!)

    Or if your camera lets you take the RAW file from the camera, you can take those 1s and 0s and make your own jpeg on your computer

    I PERSONALLY fail to see how one way is more artistically repugnant than the other…

    I can see both sides… I mean for sure home cooked Lasagne beats ready meal microwave Lasagne right?

    But sometimes the speed and convenience of an oven meal is just what’s needed.

    My only (possibly contentious) view on the subject is that if you expose well in camera, you’ll get a RAW that can be enchanced a bit, whilst maintaining the character of your camera’s sensor. Start using the raw to finish off the job of exposure, and you’re replacing the look of your camera with the look of your raw convertor

    In summary…

    I think ALL artistic endeavour requires a degree of technical skill and aptitude, from the sculpture who knows how long the clay has to go into the kiln, to the artist knowing how to mix colour and which type of brush to use

    That’s not to say you’re not a good tog if you don’t shoot and know how too process raw, of course not.

    But you’re certainly not a cheap cheat if you do

    People need to see the end game. Which is the shot. We don’t expect the chef to come out of the kitchen and check to see if we’re happy with HOW the meal was made, we just want a meal that tastes nice!

    Ok I’m just rambling now…


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