It's Not the Software, It's the Person Moving the Mouse

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One reader reminded me of something else I've been writing for years: it's not the camera, it's the photographer that makes the photo. The better I get, the more I want out of my tools, yes. But the better I get the more I can extract out of any tool, even basic ones. 

This is definitely something to remember with software as well as cameras and lenses. As much as I like Photoshop--and yes, I do like Photoshop--and as much as I'm intrigued by some upcoming features in Photoshop CC, the tool itself isn't the end result, it's the knowledge, skill, and work that the tool user puts in that creates the final result. If Photoshop disappeared tomorrow, would I stop being able to put final touches on my images? Would my images get worse? No. I might be less productive (especially until I fully mastered another tool), but I would get by just fine, I think.

I wrote about the "risk" of software in the next article. There's also the "reward." Many of us picked Photoshop over the years mostly because of the rewards. It made a lot of tasks easier, allowed us to do new things that we couldn't before, it took advantage of advances in computers, and much more. 

Still, Photoshop is just another tool. A great tool, true, but just a tool nonetheless. So don't get too caught up in the tool itself; make sure that you're advancing your knowledge and skills, and pick tools that you feel have the right risk/reward balance.

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