I am an aspiring photographer. I take pictures that I want printed in CMYK for a magazine.
Do I have to take the photo, and then painfully convert the rgb photo to cmyk? Is there no out of the box solution to handle this for me?
If you are submitting images to a magazine/publisher/print shop you do not have to convert the images. What is important is to softproof using the right profile.
Usually CMYK conversion is done when creating a book in a format like pdf/x-1a using a program like indesign.