How much editing and "beautifying" is actually necessary when it comes to fixing lighting and colors? Do you ever feel like you are overdoing it sometimes?
I'm with you on this! I want my images to have a natural look, and a natural look isn't going to happen if there's lots of tinkering done. I remember when I first saw my high school graduation photos, I thought I didn't look like myself, which I believe was due to lots of editing done on the part of the photographer.It is a skill that photographers perfect as they accumulate more experience. Just like in any other field of specialization, too many effects will distort a picture. You should try to retain a photo's original appearance as much as possible!