to me nature (and indeed photography) is getting everything right 'in camera' as much as possible. The only post processing I do is curves / levels adjustments the occasional blend (from braketed shots when shooting into the sun) and thats about it Having the scene as it was, how you saw it etc
I agree. I try to do as much as I can 'in camera' not only because it is more skillful, but because you tend to get a better image... yeah Photoshop helps, but there's nothing as satisfying as getting a beautiful image without any artificial assistance.
Though I have to admit, if I can really enhance my photo (even something simple like whitening teeth for portraits) I will.
yeah portraiture I have no problem with modifying because its less skilled anyway. Light is already artificial in a studio environment and everything is staged so I have no problems with heavy manipulation on portrait work. (i'm not a people photographer myself. rather photograph the natural world rather than the dispicable species hell bent on wiping it all out lol).
lol I know what you mean, nature is much more fun to shoot, but I don't think portraiture is as easy as you think, especially if you want to do a really great job - on a budget... those lights that make it look so great cost a lot of money; they also take skill to position.
I think nature photography is a lot more fun, and more physically difficult as well as requiring some luck. I'm sure experience also pays off.
Not to start a debate here or anything and I hope I don't sound arrogant or big headed etc as thats really not my intent here so apologies up front if I do )
Studio portrait photography (the actual making of the photos) is as easy I think for the following reasons:
Altough studio gear can be expensive for top end stuff, you can always rent a studio a lot cheaper than buying your own rig. If you do want a rig on a buget, flash strobes can be picked up fairly cheap for studio work and as for diffusers, an old sheet is an extremely cheap alternative to actually buy diffuser discs and umbrellas. They can also be used for backgrounds rather than forking over hundreds for a stupid backing board lol. Within a studio environment you can improvise for virtually everything and still obtain a professional photo, but out in the wild its just you, your glass and natural light
Also in a studio environment a single 50mm f1.8 lens is usually the most you'll use (depending on style of shot) as you have the ability to move around your subject freely. You don't need the wide range of focal lengths that nature photography uses etc. There is some skill involved in studio work obviously but for the most part thats down to the model and how natural they can look and the skills of the person who are dressing them (or undressing in some instances lol). I know a few people who have done studio work and every single one of them has said theres little skill involved in actually taking the photos compared to wildlife and landscape work etc.
Also (as already mentioned) in most instances post processing takes over the bulk of the work for making skin look softer and removing blemishes and things like that etc.
yeah I wanted the cloud in the frame but on the first third of the shot. could of cloned it out but this is a bit different for me. Its actually going in scraps in a minute as my theory has been proven.
DA only likes coastal / sunset / sunrise shots with colours and anything deviating from that results in lack of interest! lol.