Tuesday, May 6

To Photoshop or not to Photoshop...

…that is the question.

Or is it? Isn't it really 'to admit to photoshopping or not to admit to it'? 

I thought I would be really honest with this post today… I think there is a sort of unspoken lie with digital photography and I have to admit to being part of it! 

The thing is, it's all nonsense. There is nothing wrong with a bit of post production, it's exactly the same as developing in a dark room, the choices you make with filters and any other technique you might use when you shoot in film. I am so against the horrible over photoshopped images we are bombarded with everyday that I would hate people to think any of my photos are retouched but I love the post production process. I'm a proud digital photographer and I think we should be able to use all the tools we have at our fingertips to get the images we want. 

There is a line in my mind between the beauty of a raw image and what I can do on my computer to make it a little more special. For me, as long as the loveliness of the person I am photographing is left well enough alone, then adding filters and dodging and burning every so often can't really be that much of a sin can it?!  

Anyway, rant over. I wanted to share an example of a 'before' and 'after' in which I changed the light, the hue, the exposure and really just the complete feel of the photo! I don't normally do this much but I fancied something a bit fun, a bit retro and this is where I ended up… 

1 comment:

  1. I found you!

    The link you've put on the Guardian wasn't working, but internet search helped.

    Thanks for your photos of Perm city folks on White Nights festival! I live in Perm and just saw the word "Perm" on the British version of The Guardian. That was a surprise!

    Thanks a lot!

    Enjoy your stay. If you need any help - my mobile is +79655657720. Today is rainy - do you have an umbrella?