I guess I don't care all that much what Steve does using PS, but one thing that was very interesting to me is that I now understand how so many of his photos from around the world just look so perfect.
As you know, I travel a lot and photograph a lot. In real life there are wires, trash, signs for Coca-Cola, advertisements for mobile phones, mix of people in both traditional garb and western t-shirts, utility poles, etc. Now I know that Steve makes extensive, extreme use of PS and also stages some of his photos (even using models) so that is why they look so good. And a staff of PS experts doing some of the work for him. I don't mind that he does it, but it makes me feel much, much
better about my own photos.
I almost never do much with regards to cloning, etc. in PS. If I do it is usually really minor stuff. For the last 4.5 years I have been using LR and it doesn't do a good job with cloning so I just skip it. I could send the file off to PS to do it, but that creates a huge 16-bit tiff file that gets retained and is a lot of trouble to go through. If I was trying to sell photos though I would probably do it a bit more. Or if I was going to make a big print then I might also.
This morning here in Japan I am still preparing some of my Bali photos from our recent month there. No, I don't plan to do any PSing to them, just use LR for all of them. No doubt with the kinds of extreme PSing Steve does though some of them could be made much, much better in a Steve sort of way!