Why do people become such critics when it comes to post production on photos? I admit I never used to do it but I was never one to criticize the work of others because of it. HDR images are by far the most prone to these comments and sometimes, outright rude insults. I have seen people shoot down great photos with comments ranging from "photoshopped" to "fake" or "that's not a real photo" or how about "let's see the SOC shot".
When I came across Adobe Lightroom and its collection of presets I began playing around with some post production on some my images and will admit I immediately fell in love with it. The ease of changing the colours or making the subject pop was nice. I am no professional photographer nor do I have the experience or equipment to make some great straight out of camera (SOC) shots so for me a program with presets like LR is nice to have and allows me to feel better about the end product.
I was thinking about this today when I looked at the SOC shot of a bald eagle I took at African Lion Safari's Birds or Prey show. I thought the end product was really nice and was happy with it until my wife pointed out that it almost didn't look real. Confused I asked her if she didn't like it and she said it was a great shot just not the original. That comment got me wondering - do people prefer SOC shots or post produced shots? Does it really matter in the end?
I think I will stick with what I am doing as I am truly enjoying it and the final product is something that I approve and take pride in. We will always have nay-sayers and critics in the photography field. There will always be someone behind the anonymity of the internet telling us that our work is fake or no good but in the end who cares what they think.
I took the photo - sure I put my touches on it but you know what - I am damn proud of that. If you like my work it will show through the votes and favorites. If not - thanks for at least looking.
Out of curiosity - for those reading this - what is your opinion on post production? Do you do it with your photos?