I’m a big fan of thinking more before I take the shot so I have less work to do after. But sometimes you don’t get to decide. For example, when I took this photo of a possum I only got one chance, and that big lump of white timber behind it was part of the deal.
In the next photo you’ll see what I did in Photoshop. No more plank to distract you — all eyes are now on the possum. Oh yeah, and I extended the table in the foreground to lift the possum a bit in the composition. In case you’re wondering, this kind of image manipulation would almost certainly disqualify it from most photography competitions.
So that’s about as much manipulation as I ever do to a photo and it’s rare that I do that much. Instead, most of my ’post-work’ is the kind of overall enhancement that happens in my RAW editor, which would simulate what a darkroom technician does. Speaking of which, I talk about that kind of stuff here.