This is going to set off a lot of alarms for many of us in the photojournalism business. Although short of combining elements from different files to enhance a photos, a darkroom, Polycontrast paper, and dodging and burning tools is not much different than working with a RAW file.
Photographer Peter Stewart is an internationally published photographer who’s also popular on photo sharing sites, boasting tens of thousands of followers and millions of views on 500px, Flickr, and Instagram. Here’s an eye-opening series of his before-and-after post-processing comparisons.
These images show Stewart’s original photo as it appeared straight-out-of-camera, some intermediate views at various stages of editing, and the finished photo that’s published by Stewart across his channels.