More on FAQ #339

339. What does the typical photographer have to do differently to make TCQ photos?

There’s no single answer, because each photographer works differently.

Many photographers won’t have to do anything differently, because they already make TCQ-qualified photos as a matter of course.

But TCQ involves a number of things that surprise — and sometimes frustrate — photographers who are accustomed to the philosophy that “the appearance of the final image is all that matters.”

For example, the shape, size, position, blurriness, presence, and absence of the things depicted in the photograph cannot be changed from what the camera initially rendered except as specifically listed on TCQ’s Allowable Changes list.

That means that TCQ photographers have to record at the scene all non-“light” related aspects — forms and shapes — pretty much the way they want them to appear in the final photograph, because later on those things can’t be changed (apart from the Allowable Changes).

The proverbial attitude that “I’ll fix it in post” is not an approach that TCQ photographers can employ when it comes to non-“light”-related aspects of depictions in the photograph.

Phrased another way, requiring photos to be “undoctored records” — as TCQ does — means ruling out a lot of popular manipulations.

How much that requirement affects any particular photographer depends on how often they make those manipulations now.

Why doesn’t TCQ allow my favorite manipulation?”