Many photographers hate the post-production aspect in photography, which they find tedious, time-consuming and more generally, not a lot of fun. Also, many people believe that retouching a photo is cheating.
Me, on the contrary, I love post-production! Perhaps even more than actually taking the photo! And I do not believe it is cheating as many of the things we do in post-production today were also doable in the past with film photography. Nevertheless, we have way more control and possibilities today, so why not make the most of it?
As you have probably understood, I give post-processing crucial importance, as this is where my images come to life.
I often conceive the photo in my head, first. I sometimes even draw it. It helps me visualise the one or more photos I need to take so as to achieve THE final photo I had in mind in the first place.
Sometimes, it is possible to get the desired result in one photo. Often times, I blend two or more photos in order to get one photograph, perfectly exposed everywhere, or simply to add city lights into a beautiful sunset photo.