About two weeks ago a photographer I really look up to, Tony Corbell, posted a blog post called”Pre Touching”. He talked about the importance to not always relying on post processing to make up for one’s lack of knowledge of the skill.
In the world of digital it is so easy to think, “Oh I will just fix that later.” Things that we do in Photoshop and Lightroom can often be done in camera as the shoot is happening making it more accurate. I have on many occasions photographed something very well aware that there is a problem. That is fine when there are only one or two images to edit but it's a complete new story when you have a wedding of 2500 images to edit. Hours of editing can be avoided just by knowing and being familiar with your camera and your craft.
Learning to get it right in the camera first is one of the biggest things that separates amateurs from professionals. Anyone with a good internet connection can look up how to do just about editing technique on YouTube. It takes a professional to walk into a scenario and be able to adapt to fix the problems before the shutter is released.
For example: I was at a commercial shoot this last week where we were using the Canon 600 Ex-Rt off camera flashes and the transmitter that goes along with them.
We ended up needing to shoot two set ups at one time but only had one transmitter.
At this point I could have just decided to edit it later to produce the same look as the other set up but this would have taken lots of time on the back end not to mention it would have been very difficult to even get the same look.
But knowing that we could use one of the other flashes as a transmitter we were able to avoid the entire problem. Thanks to knowing our equipment and “pre process” our images we were able to avoid all of that headache.