i wanted to ask how much do u guys edit your photos, i usaly go this far with editing my photos
so how far can u go with editing a photo before it stops being a photo
I edit first in lightroom then i transfer the photo to topaz then to photoshop and then back to lightroom. Not all the time, sometimes i just use lightroom. I shoot everything in raw so the photo has to be processed at least in lightroom.
I shoot digital raw. Develop in RawTherapee. Custom profiles for b&w/colour, medium iso/high iso. minimal sharpening or noise reduction. If i use a curve its a generic one for a series of images. Exposure tweak, grad filter, sometimes black point adjustment. I may use daylight or auto or custom WB for a set. Generally for b&w conversions i use channel mix (same rgb mix for all in a series) although i may vary colour filter for some (green or yellow/green by default for social pictures) Daylight WB for b&w ( it does make a difference). I do rotate and perspective correct often, but it’s more satisying not to have to.