Printing RAW images

July 2nd, 2008  |  Tags: ,

Philip Greenspun, arguing that you should send RAW format photos directly to a competent lab for prints (rather than tweaking and postprocessing them yourself first):

Karl Marx deplored the division of labor inherent in an efficient Capitalist economy. Marx thought workers would be happier if they handled every step of a production process from taking the customer’s order to putting the finished good in the customer’s hand. Marx had apparently never suffered the frustration of being an incompetent Photoshop user.

There’s definitely an analogy between postprocessing your own photos and — for home recordists — mastering your own tracks. What’s odd is the difference between how these two are perceived; few musicians are willing to master their own songs, but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t tweak their own photos.