The craft of photography occurs - in my opinion - more internally than externally. Yes, as photographers we need that scene in front of us, whether naturally occurring (like most of my current work) or created from scratch in a studio, or a combination of what's in front of you and contrived work. This is something I'm sure we all know as photographers, but often not as well understood by those "not in the know", be they friends, relatives, clients . . .
We take care to compose, expose, wait for the right moment, but the work is not over after the shutter has clicked. Before digital, photographers continued with their vision in their own darkrooms, or by having strong relationships with professional labs - or both. Now that many photographers have moved to digital, we continue our vision more often in the "digital lab", using tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and other great tools to bring our ideas, emotions, perspectives - our stories to culmination.
This small sampling from the weekend helps to illustrate my thought process/workflow. I've included before/afters of most images to further emphasize the evolution of an image from capture, to my mind's eye, to final output.