There are a lot of things to get your head round with digital imaging. Photoshop, or it’s equivalent really is necessary in order to bring out the best of a photo. I’m not talking about making it into something it’s not, but just to get the best of what the camera sensor has captured. In this sense it is a digital darkroom, allowing us to test and try until we achieve the optimum settings for a given image.
There are a set of skills required to do this, just as there are skills required to take the picture in the first place. As with most things, these skills are gradually acquired as part of an ongoing learning process.
This photo is another one that I have taken of Southport Pier at sunset. I’d passed over it previously as it seemed a little flat. But as my understanding of the underlying image and the tools available to bring out the best improves, so I find that the images I produce are improving.
There is a larger version of the image here.