Editing slides for juries in Photoshop is a no-no.
Ruthie, I have to respectfully but very strongly disagree.
Are you aware that any digital camera actually does a considerable
amount of editing to the image before you even get to see it? It
processes the RAW image for contrast, color, image size and a host of
other parameters. That’s why the same image made with two different
cameras does not look the same…each manufacturer inserts their own
image-processing algorithm, so, like it or not, your image has been
edited by the camera! Anyone who bothers to read the manual will
learn you can modify these in-camera parameters to suit your own
taste…but it IS editing. The only way to avoid this is to use the
original RAW image and post-process it yourself (edit it). BY its
digital nature, a RAW file is not very sharp and lacks proper
tonality and contrast.
Editing is an integral and important step in the processing of a
digital image. The workflow begins when the shutter is pressed. After
that the image is processed with in-camera algorithms specific to the
manufacturer and the settings YOU control in the camera menu. Then
the image must be downloaded to your computer where it is most
properly edited for correct color rendition, contrast, size and
sharpness. The goal is (in the opinion of many) to have the image
match as closely as possible the original subject.
FYI, most juried slides have a background that is digitally created
and the subject placed on it. This is not done as a deception, but to
create a consistency within the group of images. Also, it is much
easier to photograph the image properly, extract it from its
background, then place it on a background of the client’s choice.
Proper background can make or break an image.
Yes, it is possible to “lie” with post-processing; it’s even
possible to generate a completely false image, but what would be the
As a professional photographer of more than 40 years standing, I can
assure you that “editing” of a digital image is an essential and
proper part of the digital workflow, just as adjusting chemistry and
using printing filters was a part of the non-digital photographic
workflow when making paper prints.