"Love is treacherous as the sea. Taking photos however, is quite safe."
(I may be quoted)
"All you touch and all you see. Is all your life will ever be." - Pink Floyd
I am an insignificant amateur of photography.
Creating pictures without using tools of manipulation (photoshop etc.), constitute a much bigger challenge in my humble eyes. Which is why I choose NOT to manipulate images.
In my view each camera and objective, much like people. see the world in different ways.
This can easily be observed by taking a night scene picture using a 10,000 $ camera and then using a cheap mobile phone to do the same to then compare the results. Each camera has a different view so to speak.
Of cause it is MUCH more complicated than that, so the only thing differentiating say a Nikon semi-pro from a semi pro Canon are subtle nuances, especially regarding color. (again in my humble oppinion)
Having said that, it is important to learn HOW exactly YOUR camera view the world. That way when you look through the viewfinder, you can (mentally) compensate for what YOU see and acknowledge what the digital result will be.
This (again) can easily be tested by looking at a scene straight towards the sun with lots of subtle shadows and shade. Our eyes are better than the best sensor ever created and see shadows and shades as well as the brightest colors in the same image. But the camera (sensor) does not see things as well, and trying to get it all it fails miserably.
The results cannot be compared however, as the one picture is "in your head". But I take the quality of my mental image over an "overexposed" digital ANY day ;o)
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