The Digital Darkroom can be a lonely and expensive place!!
There is an old adage that “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear” and never has it been more relevant than when discussing the merits of a photograph. If an image isn’t working after a few minutes of editing then the chances are it won’t. It really doesn’t matter what hardware and software you use, a good photograph will always be exactly that.
That said…..it does help to have a good quality monitor and some quality editing software you are familar with.
In much the same way as camera choice it’s all about finding something that works for you, it’s certainly not about spending the most money or getting the best of everything. Be open minded and prepared to experiment, a lesson I learnt with editing software.
I used Aperture 2 and subsequently 3 for a long time and my mind was pretty much closed off to even trying Lightroom. I was ultimately forced in to change because of Apple’s lack of Aperture 3 support and inparticular the Raw files from the Leica M Monochrom. I’ve been with Lightroom from that moment on.
Outside the Digital Darkroom
We all like a bargain and there are certainly occasions when you can get away with spending a bit less. Equally there are those items which in my experience you should never spare any expense on. A tripod, if you need one would fall in to this catagory, always buy the absolute best tripod and head you can afford.
Words to Inspire
Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.Imogen Cunningham
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisibleOscar Wilde
I guess I’ve shot about 40,000 negatives and of these I have about 800 pictures I like.Harry Callahan