Every time we reach the editing module of A Year With My Camera I have at least 1 in 10 students tell me that they will be skipping this part because they believe in getting the photograph right when they take it, not fixing it afterwards.

And every time this happens I silently curse the forums and camera clubs that have fostered this attitude.

Before you decide either way, will you let me explain why the forums and camera clubs aren’t telling you the whole story?

Your camera edits anyway, you are just handing over control of the process.

If you shoot RAW files, you already know why you need to edit and you probably edit every photo you take (see: What is RAW and Why Do You Need It?).

If you don’t shoot RAW, or don’t know if you shoot RAW, you’re almost certainly using your camera’s default setting, which is to shoot JPEG files.

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