I went out today with my Ricoh GX200. And while I shot both RAW and jpegs I ended up using the B&W jpegs for posting. Just added some local contrast, noise texture, and little sharpening in Photoshop and resized them for posting. That is it, no cropping, no cloning, nothing else.
But when does editing becomes too much Photoshop? See this article about Danish press photographer Klavs Bo Christensen.
Three photographers, including Klavs Bo Christensen, were told to deliver their raw files of their submitted photographs to the judges of the Danish Picture of The Year contest.
According to the judges his photographs went beyond the excepted form of post processing like cropping, burning, dodging, converting to black and white, and exposure and color correction. In particular the three photographs in the article invoked the judges’ anger.
The photographs of Klavs Bo Christensen almost looked like some kind of HDR photography. Now, some may like that. But I am personally no fan of HDR photography and I think it is absolutely unacceptable for press photography which should be as close as possible to the reality. Even when the reality is a subjective and personal vision of the photographer.
All photographs by Wouter Brandsma