Just finished teaching another group photo workshop a couple of weeks back and ran into something that I have been noticing a lot more in recent years. One of the things I see from newer photographers is that they seem to get discouraged by even a small amount of backscatter in their photos. Now we all know that there will always be a few specks of stuff in the vast majority of photos, both macro and wide angle, simply because we are using strobes underwater. This most recent workshop was in Lembeh and the visibility wasn't the absolute best so of course there was expectation of some backscatter no matter how well strobes were positioned (if photographing toward the water column)
My point of discussion is as follows: With the popularity of social media outlets such as FB, Twitter, Instagram etc it seems that the vast majority of underwater photos don't have a single touch of scatter but instead feature flawless black or blue backgrounds. There is nothing wrong with post processing images and everyone wants to post their best stuff to impress folks so very rarely are images with scatter posted without editing all of it out. Therefore, does this profusion of perfect images create unrealistic expectations for beginners or casual uw photographers? Are new photographers frustrated when they see so many "perfect" images out there yet can't get the exact same results straight from the camera even with almost perfect strobe positioning? Do new photographers know there is post processing work done on these images or do they expect the same results all the time?
I am not trying to start a debate about post processing etc but rather looking for opinions from newer photographers whether they experience frustration from high expectations due to exposure to social media?