… the concept that it was “just like this out of the camera” … uh … most digital cameras apply corrections that people take for granted – they happen IN the camera. I shoot RAW so that “interpretation” control is in my hands, not in the hands of the camera. Once by chemical, now by digital, all digital photos that are non-RAW are modified. And RAW, by virtue of it’s nature, requires developing. “Just like this out of the camera” – try that with film and see what it looks like! Ya, you have to develop it.
In recent years I have been using Lightroom (full name: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom) for most of my work, although ultimately both Photoshop and Lightroom programs are a good idea and work cooperatively – interacting with each other when needed. Since every photo requires post production treatment, usually my objective is to restore the “reality” of the photo. But sometimes it’s fun to make something else! :)
Do you wonder what Ansel Adams would say of Photoshop? Quoting from an article on the same, “Ansel Adams — the god of landscape photography — was not offering “reality.” He offered his interpretation. His style came from his mastery of his equipment and the darkroom.” Adams would “manipulate” all his photos – zone shooting for tone. I for one am glad not to be breathing chemicals :)