Post processing in landscape images, street scenes and anything that is not related to taking images of people is an entirely different story. I absolutely believe that the use of Photoshop, Lightroom and other like programs is an amazing tool to express your creativity. Anyone can take a picture of a sunrise or a sunset, a field of flowers, a waterfall, but use one of the post processing programs and the results can be absolutely stunning. These programs allow you to put your own artistic spin on an image and leave the viewer in awe. This is a huge plus and I can say with 100% honesty that each image I take has been retouched in one way or the other with the use of Lightroom. Some more than others. Actual photographs of people are touched up just for minor lighting issues mainly and to add that "pop" effect to the subject by adjusting their background. This in my opinion is an important step in the process to get the customer products that they are happy with.
Below are some before and after images... you be the judge~ In the before and after images you can see that the subject is more brightly lit, cropped in more closely so that his face is more of the focus and not the overall picture. The image is much better post processed and a better end result.
And this before and after... Again, the lighting of the subject in the image on the right is brighter and more focused on him.
And finally... images where you can let your creativity fly... turning ordinary into extraordinary....