I, like almost every other digital photographer out there, process a large number of my digital shots. While the occasional shot may be SOOC (Straight out of Camera), that only happens once in a blue moon, so yes, I process my photos.
Since I have basically no idea how to use Photoshop, you asked the right person for advice.
I use Adobe Lightroom (get the full version or the student version if you can from Amazon and support me) to manage all my files. I also use VSCO Film 1 and 2 from Visual Supply Company to get the look that my photos have (and that I like).
Unlike Alejandro, I’ve gotten my workflow down to about 5 minutes a photo, which works for me.
After you’ve edited them and uploaded them somewhere, don’t forget to back up so you don’t lose everything.
That’s my digital workflow, at a high level. For film shots, I don’t touch them at all after they’ve been developed by the lab.
Finally, a footnote:
All photos taken on a digital camera are edited - if you shoot JPG, your camera is processing your photo to look different than when it was captured. If you shoot RAW (and you probably should shoot RAW), then you’ll want to reduce the file size and adjust lighting conditions, since they’ll need to be adjusted.
Thanks so much for the compliment and question!
The only prints available right now are part of a charity sale (all proceeds are going to fund Hurricane Sandy Relief via Occupy Sandy) which will be ending this weekend. After that I may considering putting prints back up on Etsy. In the meanwhile, get in touch with me about buying prints outside of the sale.
I assume you mean my film cameras?
I’ve been incredibly lucky to have been given / passed down a number of cameras:
Other than that, I’ve had friends sell me cameras, and bought the other ones either on ebay or in stores.
I’ve been asked this so many times that I made a page that specifically answers that question: Gear I Use. So check that out and you’ll get all the answers you need.
The one you have with you when you need to take a picture.
I used tumblr’s new highlighted post feature to do that. You can do it too by checking the ‘Highlight this Post’ checkbox under your posts.
Hey Dale, you’ve got plenty of time to get more expensive gear and go exciting places. For now, you should focus how to look at things in interesting ways and how to compose images correctly.
I see from your site that you have a Coolpix S210. From what I’ve read it sounds like it’s a very capable camera.
In terms of learning about composition, your best bet is to read about the rule of thirds and think about it while you take pictures. Having a good eye for composition can make all of your photos better.
Secondly, don’t worry about having a limited area to take pictures in. You may not know this, but a lot of the pictures I take are actually from a relatively small area. What you should do is try to photograph as much of the area you can photograph as you can and (this is important) make it look amazing. Figure out how to highlight colors and interesting things you see on a day to day basis.
Use your constraints as a benefit - rather than looking at a small area as a limiting factor, look at it as a challenge. Try to document that area in a variety of ways, angles, and of details.
Ultimately, that’s what photography comes down to.
Update: A great point from replies:
the-tale-of-a-librarian: you can edit pictures on your phone or computer to different constrasting colours and sometimes that kind of thing can really make a picture amazing, just cause your cameras not so great shouldnt limit you. From a fellow budding photographer. xox.
Don’t forget that it’s more than the camera or software that makes your photo - its the subject, perspective, colors, contrast, and how you utilize those elements to make the photo.