The world of photography went through a major transition beginning in the 1990’s. This involved it’s transition from a film-based media to digital-based media. Certainly there are still photographers who shoot with film, but the majority of photographers today are digitally-based.
Most consumers will not see a great difference, but the reality is that there is a huge difference between film and digital formats. The largest difference being that digital-based photography is much easier to alter and manipulate than film-based photography.
The ability to more easily manipulate a photograph is raising some very important ethical issues for photographers, especially in the world of journalism, (see Debating the Rules and Ethics of Digital Photojournalism). Issues and concerns are also popping up in the world of photography competitions simply because it’s now much easier to submit a photograph of a subject or scene that never existed or represented in reality.
My Approach to Photo Processing
My photography has been digitally-based since 2004. The photographs I exhibit on this web site (www.chipjonesphotography.com) have been digitally adjusted for exposure, white balance, levelness and cropping. There are times when further adjustments are needed for contrast and color. This is especially true in low light, back-lit or high contrast shooting situations.
These digital post-processing techniques are very much in keeping with traditional, film-based darkroom practices. On a very rare occasion I will use Photoshop (or other tools) to remove a power line, trashcan or similar objects that distract from the overall image.
Most importantly though, none of the photographs exhibited on this web site have been composited (combining two or more images) or altered to a point where they no longer represent the actual scene or subject that I witnessed when I first captured the image.
Digital Photography vs. Digital Art
I should also mention that I’m a visual artist and I do create digital work that has been significantly altered, manipulated or composited (combining two or more images). I refer to this work as “Digital Art” or “Digital Mixed-Media”, not “Photography”.
To avoid any confusion as to whether you are seeing a Photograph or a Digital Art piece, I now keep these two categories separate on the following web sites:
If you have any questions or concerns about any of the post-processing techniques that I employ or any other question, please contact me. I am happy to explain my approach to both areas.