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God bless Photoshop!
But you know what? I am always conscious of two things when I about to make a photograph: (1) the one image I see and (2) the images I assume the camera can see. I think that awareness is as important as implication in good writing.
After setting up the Windows operating system on my new PC this last week, the first software I installed was my stand-alone copy of Photoshop CS6. Anyone surprised? I must admit, my photographic style tends to use it in post-editing for mostly corrective purposes. I try to bring the image back to what I best remember my mind saw the moment the shutter was pressed. It can also be used for very bizarre interpretations of reality, of course, and if that is your "art", so be it. In the later case, the camera is recording human emotion more so than physical reality.
The fact is, a lens can record much more detail than our mind records in memory, especially on the periphery of the main subject. Our eyes and minds automatically make color and focusing adjustments that the camera doesn't. Using a macro or telephoto lens, a camera records details the naked eye never could. Different "flavors" of emulsion film record a scene differently based on their chemistry. Different brands and engineering of digital sensors do the same. Shooting in RAW almost mandates post-editing of some sort. Understanding your camera principals thoroughly and experience will yield superior results. With experience, you can anticipate how that frame will appear AFTER post-editing.
Just as different eye-witnesses will describe the same crime occurrence differently in their police statements, different photographers will post-edit an identical photographic frame differently according to their own mind's emotion. Viva the difference. Viva Photoshop!
I use Lightroom6, DXO, and Photoshop in that order, but usually just use Lightroom6. I shoot in RAW and in manual. I do a minimal amount of post editing even though I shoot it RAW. I try to minimize cropping. I take several shots of the same scene, but will only keep what I consider the best. I will not upload several shots of the same scene to CMC. More importantly, I won't just shoot to be shooting. I visualize a photograph I want to make and make every effort to realize my conception. Obviously, it always doesn't come out the way I envisioned it would. I'm planning on shooting a scene that I pass all the time and envision of what the finale result will be. It's an easy shot, but at the same time difficult because of the lighting conditions. I also want the moon in the shot and that too will make it tricky. It's also will be shot from a rather busy street and there's no place to park near it, so I'll have to walk with camera and tripod. Want to do it with snow on the ground and I have to do it soon because soon this scene will be taken down. I also have several images I want to take this winter at Morton Arboretum. Sounds easy, but I'm 78 and I don't tolerate the cold as much as I used to and I'll be out in the cold for a couple hours.
I'm of the opinion that post editing can't salvage a poorly made photograph. One must demand of oneself to be critical of every shot and have the common sense to delete poorly made shots.