I guess you could call it a "love-hate" relationship. Although I have fun editing my photos, it also makes me cringe. Editing goes against every bone in my body. It's not that I think my photographs are perfect as is; for me, editing photos feels like I'm taking my sweet little girl, who's beautiful on her own, and applying make-up all over her face after I took her to the tanning booth for an artificial tan. The result being a completely different looking child than whom I gave birth to.
I also see my photographs as a type of journaling. Each photo tells a story. Each photo brings me to a particular place and time in my life adding depth and dimension to the memories that accompany them. I enjoy seeing the growth and progression in my compositions. The subjects in my photos remind me of what I valued at the time, whether it be my sweet baby sleeping silently in her crib, or the stunning sunset that moved my soul. Each photo displays a glimpse into my private inner world. Why should I feel compelled to edit my photographs or my thoughts?
Even though I ask and ponder the question to edit or not to edit, deep down, I know the answer. Since all professional and amateur photographers edit, in order to compete with the inundated market of photography, I need to modify my photos perfecting them as much as possible. My daughter, the artist, reminded me that before digital photography existed, photographers using film, tweaked their photos in the dark room. So, editing really isn't a new phenomena unique to digital photography. Does that make me feel any better? Only slightly.
Perhaps my hesitation lingers simply because, while not an expert, or even professional at this point, my photography skills are better than my editing skills. Presently, I'd rather use "pic monkey" than "Lightroom," or "Photoshop." Pic Monkey is simple and basic....just as I prefer it. Spending time photographing verses editing is more appealing and that's why I keep studying photography as I have been. I'm much more interested in taking that "perfect" photograph than causing a miracle afterwards.
The irony is that I'd rather you see my face with a touch of make-up than without. I'd much rather you see me clothed than not, but with my photographs it's the opposite. I'd prefer you to view them as is, naked, untouched, and certainly, unedited!
I'd be curious to hear your thoughts......