I have a love-hate relationship with filters and presets.
I have them. I use them. I even make my own. Love it.
On the other hand, you can’t put lipstick on a pig, and no matter how much Photoshop you do and how many presets you apply, if the raw material isn’t there, it isn’t there. Hate it.
I see it like music. Sure, interpretation matters. But lyrics are lyrics and music is music, and the ideas have to be there from the start.
In other words, the first question has to be about you, before you ask about the filter. It can’t be the other way around.
Still, one of my first jobs was in the darkroom, processing film … Read more...