Post processing is an almost mandatory step today if you want to get the most out of your pictures. This is because your digital camera has recorded more detail in your picture than it shows and post processing can bring those details out. However, there are ways to minimize post processing, by judicious use of filters — yes, just like in the film days. The use of neutral density filters allow you to use a longer exposure to, for example, smooth out distracting clouds and busy skies. Dan Creighton shows how in this video.
Read the article at: Photogeneralist.