Posts Tagged ‘photoshop’

Nowadays everyone has a camera, think back before the camera phone and before digital photography and taking photos was a hassle. Firstly camera’s didn’t have a handy LCD screen on the back so there was no way of knowing if your photo was blurred or too dark, and to make it trickier you could only take 24/36 photos per film so you couldn’t just click away and take the same shot 10 times and hope 1 would be ok. Then when you had finished your film you had to send it away to be developed. It is so much simpler now, just point and click as many times as you like, your photos are automatically stored on a cloud so you can access them anywhere anytime, from a PC, tablet or smart phone. With modern sensor and lens technology on the latest phones you can easily create panorama’s stitched together in the phone, with sports mode you can take burst of shots to get action shots and you can even edit your shots in photoshop on your phone. So is there still a market for Professional Photographers?

I don’t suppose too many people will be surprised to know that as a professional photographer my answer to that is yes! But I will explain why. Firstly all the technological advances we have seen have made it very easy for everyone to take photos and made it easy and cheap for people to take up photography as a hobby, I include myself in that, I take photos on my mobile phone and have the photoshop app among others. Contrary to popular belief I don’t carry a DSLR with me everywhere I go, but I always carry my mobile phone so there are occasions I see a shot and have to use my phone. There are disadvantages with using a mobile that maybe in the future technology will be able to overcome but I doubt it. Two of the issues are the small sensor and lens quality on mobile phones, while they are improving all the time and will continue to with advances I technology the same is true with the DSLR market.

While technology is important it’s a very small part of the reason there will always be a market for professional photography, by far the biggest reason is knowledge. I can buy the best football boots, shin pads and football in the world but I still won’t be as good as Messi! The same can be applied to photography, the camera is a tool to take the photo that you create, the photo is made by the photography correctly composing, focusing, lighting and exposing the image, the tool could be an iPhone or a Canon 1D if the image has not been created well by the photographer the result will be a bad photo and vice versa.

Technology will always advance, mobile phone camera’s with come with more and more megapixels, very soon interchangeable lenses with be common place and that will really move mobile photography on and I am sure there will be many more advances in the near future and they will all make photography more and more accessible to everyone, but they will not make people better photographers, they will not make any of the rules of photography, the skills we use and the knowledge we have obsolete.  I think we can be confident our industry is safe for many years to come.


Darren Hanks


I often get asked and see asked on forums which is better, Lightroom or Photoshop.  The simple answer is, if you ignore cost its Photoshop, Photoshop does everything Lightroom does and more.  But that is ignoring cost and also not asking what do you want it to do for you.  You have to remember I am writing this as a Photographer, so my view of Photoshop is only from a Photographers perspective and therefore I only use Photoshop as a last resort to make corrections and remove blemishes from my images as I try and get everything right ‘In Camera’, I am not using Photoshop to do any ‘heavy’ editing or manipulation.

If you are on a tight budget the answer is simple too, Lightroom.  Lightroom is a fraction of the cost of Photoshop and in my mind offers much better value for money.

I use both products, my first port of call is always Lightroom, when I return from a shoot the first thing I do is import my photos into Lightroom, I use presets that add my copyright data into the metadata, adds keywords and also perform slight adjustments to my images to meet my tastes, these adjustments are only a starting point and I almost always tweek them, but they move the image closer to what I want as a starting point.  Once Imported I then do any post production editing (exposure, white balance etc) but as little as possible, also any cropping or vignetting I want to do.  At this point in Lightroom there is a spot removal tool that can be used to remove any blemishes that you want to remove and any skin softening can be done and this works fine, but I always do this in Photoshop, its a much more refined product and although the difference between the results in Lightroom and Photoshop are often minimal there are differences and Photoshop always has the edge.

For me Lightroom is a great tool for cataloging my photos, 90% of post production work and adding presets to the images, its also great for exporting to flickr as you can setup a template which includes a watermark and resizing the image.  Also any keywords added in Lightroom are exported as tags into Flickr.  Then Photoshop is for any editing that is needed above and beyond what I do in Lightroom.

To summarise, as a Professional Photographer you need both products, if you want to do heavy manipulation and editing on your photos you need Photoshop, but for any other photographers Lightroom will probably do exactly what you need and at a fraction of the cost of Photoshop.