A lot of people ask me what it means to process an image or do image retouching, for this article lets call it “processing”. An un processed image is like a meal before it’s been cooked. Sure it has all the elements required to make the end product, but it isn’t the end product itself and tastes quite different after it’s cooked. An image generated by a camera is just a gathering of the raw ingredients, but without human intervention and careful processing the camera doesn’t get the look right. An unprocessed image is engineered to be intentionally low in contrast, washed out and bland looking, often with incorrect colours because it has the most information available to it, this gives the photographer the most control for processing later. See if you can pick out the difference of the processed vs unprocessed images.