You’re gonna need light for that
If there’s one question I get when I am asked to photograph an individual or more than one person it’s, can you photoshop that? To which I politely smile, somewhat grind my teeth a little and say, no.
I recently took photos of a newly engaged couple, at night mind you, who I had politely warned that nightfall without much light around means there is a lot of darkness. For photography, this means it is difficult to take pictures.
I couldn’t exactly use a flash because it was a surprise engagement and I didn’t want to be super obvious. If you know anything about photography, then you understand this is quite the conundrum. (I ended up bringing a handheld soft light with me similar to this.)
I warned them again that it was far too dark where we were, but they insisted and then the question I abhor the most came right out,
Can’t you just fix it with photoshop?
How, pray tell, would one think I could add light to a photograph when it was not originally there? Do people think Photoshop sprinkles magic photo fairy dust on pictures and makes them look fabulous? If that were the case, why isn’t everyone out there buying Photoshop, snapping pictures with their smartphones and using Photoshop’s magic fairy dust to make out of this world pictures?
Oh yeah, because that’s not how it works.
The majority of photographers do the following:
- They take their pictures in RAW, not JPG.
- They edit their photos and do their workflow in Lightroom, NOT Photoshop.
- If they want to add layers or do something additional to their photograph(s), then they use Photoshop.
Personally, I do not use Photoshop. I only use Lightroom. No I cannot add missing light from a photo. No I cannot make you look thinner. No I cannot do anything with the photo that I do not see through my viewfinder.
If you’re still wondering how a camera works (both film and digital), please go to this.
If you don’t have much light or any, it’s going to be difficult to take a picture. Take my word for it, or go ahead and try for yourself!