MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS WILL spend anywhere from hours to days perfecting a single image. They’re painting in light rays, adjusting tiny wisps of color here and there, and looking at an image pixel by pixel. More power to you if you’re into that kind of thing. That’s a lot. I’m kind of a purist when it comes to photo editing. Usually the longer I look at an image, the more I manipulate it, the less I like it. If I couldn’t have done it in a darkroom, then I probably won’t do it in Lightroom.

At the end of a journey, I have so many images to review and process that I stick to more basic adjustments. I used to edit every image ...

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