Field Shots Versus Post Production

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Don't pit photoshopped pics against non-photoshopped pics....
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John Hall

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There should be a separate category as it's very difficult to judge one against the other. However, I fear it will open a whole new "can of worms" as a small minority of guys will still enter obvious HDR shots into the "conventional" categories & swear blind they are straight shots!
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When you say non-photoshopped pictures I assume you also include pictures shot in jpg where the camera has done some processing for you as well.
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Mainly referring to photos that have been altered in post production, once you download your picture. That being said, I have an intro level DSLR so I am not even sure what people are capable of in the field with some of the high end cameras. I am very much still in the "amateur" phase of things. :)
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The problem is that many people think that their shots are straight off the camera when in fact the camera is doing a good deal of post production on their behalf.
Many compact cameras have all manner of settings that sound innocent but actually invoke quiet a lot of onboard processing, in some cases this even includes HDR.
In general the higher end the camera being used the more likely it is that the operator will shoot in RAW and do all post production themselves.

So my point is that unless you shoot in RAW and do a straight conversion to jpg you can't really say your picture is straight from the camera in the true sense.
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To demonstrate what I mean this picture was taken on a compact camera with HDR switch on. Trust me the picture taken without this onboard processing looked very flat and very dull

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