I have always tried to limit my use of Lightroom/Photoshop to turn my raw files into what I saw with my eyes. Sure, I will remove distractions and perhaps add a very discreet vignette to keep the eyes within the frame. But should I worry more about making images pop and create attention? Everybody else seems to be doing it with pride and is not adding physical polarizers and other filters really the same thing? Did Ansel Adams not dodge and burn? I am conflicted, but suspect I will eventually get over it and fall into the action/overlay/filter trap and maybe even love it!
Here are some examples of photos that do not quite reflect reality – what do you think?