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Is that picture photoshopped?

Most professional photographers today use digital cameras and eventually we are asked if our pictures are photoshopped.  The answer can be a bit confusing to those who are not pros or using photography software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.  Just to be clear, most photographer using professional equipment, shoot in RAW (a type of file encoding format).  This image (or file) is recorded onto a memory card in our cameras then the files on that card are transferred to our computers to complete the process.  Many of us use Lightroom (software) to import the images into our computer and then to further perform some sort of digital enhancement to the images.  

The level of "enhancement" performed on each image is, of course, dependent on the photographer's needs or style.  Photoshop can do this process as well but it can be used to perform even further manipulations to the images.  I rarely use Photoshop on my images as Lightroom provides me all the power I need to make most images ready for publication.  Because, I'm old school in the way I shoot, the images are exposed and composed correctly in camera and the only thing that needs to be done is basic enhancements such as contrast, color levels, straightning and such.  The way I see it, I don't want to spend hours trying to "fix" a poor image so i do my best to take a good image and make it better.  

So, do I "photoshop" my images?  Yes and No.  All my images are enhanced using software such as Lightroom (and sometimes Photoshop) but I don't do major manipulations to my images.  Below is an example of a RAW image straight from my camera followed by same image digitally enhanced. Hope this may answer your questions on how images are worked on and my personal digital style.

 RAW - straight from the camera image

RAW - straight from the camera image

 Digitally enhanced image by Noel de Christian

Digitally enhanced image by Noel de Christian

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