Recently a person said that the colors in my photograph didn’t look real. Here is my response: Yes the colors maybe enhanced or changed, my work isn’t straight out of the camera.
After I shoot an image to make it into what I think it should be I might adjust the composition. Then I adjust the tone. I may make more adjustments to bring out the focal point, Lastly, I use color to enhance or modify the mood. I do most of my editing in the “darkroom” of Lightroom and Photoshop.
I use photography and post processing as a tool for my artistic expression. When I was a painter I used paint on canvas to create what I wanted to see, and not what was real.
When I make composites or obvious photographic art I’ll say so, and if the photos are only slightly edited I won’t. Here is some digital or photographic art (Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in Long Island):