I am often asked if I airbrush (ie Photoshop) my work. My answer is always a simple no.
It's not quite so simple though, because I do do things with the photos I take. What you see as the end result often looks quite different to the image you saw on the camera display.
I have a process through which I take the RAW image file from the camera and adjust things like exposure, colour balance, contrast, saturation, and sharpness. I've also got another process that softens the skin just a little to make selected portraits more flattering.
I also love playing with the overall look of an image and I have another process that simulates the look from films of old, which is particularly fun and interesting to use for black and white images.
What else do I do? I'll edit out the occasional speck of dust that creeps onto the sensor, and I'll crop. I'm never afraid to crop images.
Basically though that's all I do. I won't airbrush out your wrinkles to make you look younger, or elongate your body to make you look slimmer. I don't do that stuff now, and frankly I never will. What I will do is to capture the real you, your character, warts and lines and all.
Take a flick through my portfolio pages, and the photos here on the blog. None of them have been airbrushed.
Occasionally a client does do a little more editing with my finished image. I've known a few who've airbrushed out the background so it's all one colour and works better with the design the image is to be used with.