For years Photography Course has provided free photography lessons and in 2009 we started bringing you Digital Photography Lessons and lessons on Digital Photo Editing. We’ve gotten quite a few comments about photo editing and would like to open the topic up to the Photography Course community. A few points from a designer before you cast your votes.
Photo Editing Pros
It is rare that a photo gets by me to be published without first going through Photoshop Levels in order to get the right exposure. It’s probably even more rare that a digital photograph gets by me without getting cropped and resized and optimized as most of my work is done for the web. Some traditional photographers would argue that you should be able to get the exposure and the cropping right in the shot. I would argue that Digital Photography is more now than just what you do with your camera. If you’re doing photography without the digital aspect, its like you’re playing football without pads or protection.
Portrait Photo Enhancement
It’s rare that you find someone that actually wants you to keep those zits, bruises, or loose hairs in their portraits. And on this point you can’t attach photo editors with the line “You are lying in your photographs.” Well yes, it’s a portrait, of course I’m lying. Do you think people really dress up that way every day or smile that much in real life? I realize not all portrait photographers strive to be liars but this is a topic for a separate occasion. For those who are into idealizing portraits and removing blemishes the Photoshop Clone Stamp is a must have.
Photo Editing Cons
Often times photo editing is taken to the extremes using the same tools I’ve mentioned before. People take the Levels tool and push values over what is normal or even possible. A good litmus test for over done digital photographs is that you can see grain and texture in photographs that doesn’t belong there. In my opinion, the best photo editing has been done when people cannot even recognize that anything has happened until you show them the initial file.
Photo Enhancement, Right, Wrong, or Indifferent. You Decide
Your chance to tell the designer where he is wrong. As a Photographer, Designer, or Photojournalist where do you stand? Vote now and Submit your comments.