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post #1 of 10
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I don't know about you guys but I hate having to do a lot of work in post to make a picture look great. It isn't always possible for me to get a shot how I want it to look due to either a lack of skill or equipment so I do my best to correct this in post. (Feathered selections to adjust exposure in areas, etc.)

What do you think?
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post #2 of 10
I spend as little time as possible in post, unless it's for someone else.
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post #3 of 10
I think you might have a look at what you spend most of your time adjusting, and see if you can adjust your technique to compensate.
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post #4 of 10
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I need some grads and/or better lighting when I have time to shoot.
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post #5 of 10
Unless you're shooting landscapes, you just gotta roll with what's there. Ideal is not always ideal.
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post #6 of 10
make it look good, then pull it down to 75%
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post #7 of 10
If you spent more time on post work then it took you to take the image. Then it's too much.
    
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post #8 of 10
it just depends on the circumstances, personal record for a single image somewhere north 2-4 hours and that was from some film that was shot 30 years ago most of the time was spent trying to fix scratches and dust or damage spots.
post #9 of 10
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I spend maybe 5-10 minutes MAX on a shot. Assuming it's one I need to fix.
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post #10 of 10
White balance, raw exposure fixing. It's all I do in post and takes a couple minutes.
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