>>3076682>If I take 200 photos today, and only one of them is a keeper and I want to post this on some online community to get noticed, why would you not spend time doing your own custom editing?
Maybe because that isn't the point of all photography.
Also, often I can't stand the RAW workflow. I generally only shoot it for the additional dynamic range I get over jpg. If I'm not needing that additional dynamic range, since I shoot RAW+jpg, I don't have to do anything extra, just have another, more flexible backup for my master file should I ever decide to revisit it.
Outside of that, if you're shooting something like a wedding, think about the group shots: they're lit the same way, taken with the same settings. They'll take the same global adjustments as each other. I've done a wedding that had 38 different group shots (don't ask, that day was a fucking nightmare) and another 26 individual shots with the same setup. Being able to throw the same preset on all of those painlessly is a godsend, especially since it allows a uniformity between the images that would be annoying as fuck without some kind of automation along these lines. >Portraits require touchups on the face, teeth, and eyes that you can't get with just a filter. You need to apply masks.
The fuck are you talking about? Presets are just global adjustments. There's nothing stopping you from going in and doing spot edits, and it's a pretty good idea to do so.>Don't you want to produce the best quality pictures for your client, or even for your fucking photog friends that will see your photos and be wonder why the editing is lackluster?
I'm a photographer, not a retoucher. I do basic shit and that's it. If a friend/client wants more in depth retouching, I have a list of retouchers I'll happily put them in touch with to get the work done.