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\Begin Disclaimer: These are purely my views. I do not want to start a debate, or change your views if you believe otherwise:-)
In some sense, I consider myself a purist. To me (and yes you can disagree, and no I am not asking you to change what you think it is, and yes I am learning post processing, but keeping in mind there is a reason it is called 'post' processing :-),
 Digital Photography involves:
-- Capturing the RAW image using the digital camera's sensor onto an electronic data storage medium (analogous to capturing light from a scene on a photographic film)
-- Converting the RAW image into a common viewable image format (analogous to developing the film and transferring the latent image it carries to a 'final image' on a photo paper in the dark room).
 The first capture of interaction of light with matter (scene/subjects) is most important. Any further processing on the digital or analog capture will only enhance (or deteriorate) the 'final image' and convert it into a 'post processed image' (analogous to print processing, techniques like dodge, burn, etc.).
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Words of Wisdom for newbies or struggling DPCers (Authored by NikonJeb): "Herein lies an issue that I struggled with for some time. I personally don't feel that I have much if any creativity at all. I know I'm really unlikely to come up with an original image. That said, so be it. That's not going to stop me from enjoying photography, and leaning to shoot, and process images that I like. What I've concentrated on for the past couple years now has been learning exactly what my strengths are and working to develop them through examination, and concentrating on the details that make my strengths what they are. I'm no Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon.......heck, I'm no Joey Lawrence, IreneM, or Shannon Calvert. But I no longer want to be, either. I get the gratification from developing the photographer that I am, and I've found that attitude and perspective make all the difference when it comes to that. Sure, I can pick apart my work, but why not concentrate on what I do well? I dunno if this will resonate with anyone, but I've noticed an amazing proclivity amongst those of us who aren'tthe best of the best to completely and totally tear apart our work.It's simply not constructive. I'm not saying that you cannot examine your work and see what you might do to improve it, but I too often see reasonably decent wok categorically dismissed out of hand because of the slightest of issues. You have to be able to look at an image and see what it is that you like about it as well as see potential problems. Remember......there was a reason you pushed the shutter button. Look for that reason in every image, and try to bring that out. But don't castigate yourself if it just didn't pan out either. Move on to the next one. " (Reference thread)
Quote: "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why." - Bernard Baruch.
Editors: Adobe Photoshop, Topaz, and Gimp.
DPCers I got to know through the forums, and really appreciate their help: BigK, bspurgeon, rinac, yospiff, K10DGuy, Melethia, and many others I cant remember right now.
Goals: My goals are mostly qualitative, since I figured I could improve myself better than I could change the voter's tastes;-)
* Shoot more candid shots
* Learn how to capture amazing landscapes with wide angle lenses
* Delve more into grayscale (B/W) photography to capture textures
* Try to get a good number of comments from side challenges
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