Is Photoshopping pics cheating?

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  1. manda

    manda instigator of pottymouthedness

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    Your thoughts please?

    I recently had some Holga camera shots developed(for a very hefty price I must say) and I tweaked the colours in Photshop for some, to display online.
    I dont always do it with my digital shots but when I do, I always feel like Im cheating by doing it.

    Is it cheating or is it accepted?
     
  2. photobug

    photobug TPF Noob!

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    Ansel Adams was arguably one of the great photographers of all time.

    I'd be surprised if Ansel ever met a negative he didn't feel he could "improve" before printing it.

    Photoshop (or the program of your choice) is simply an electronic version of a darkroom. That there is no chemical smell/mess involved merely makes it more available to more people.

    Acceptable? More like mandatory if you want "perfect" images.

    Jim
     
  3. Chase

    Chase I am now benign! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very well said, photobug, I definitely could not have said it better.

    I believe that is 100% correct!
     
  4. Dew

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    sometimes i feel like its cheating too ... but for me, sometimes its neccesary :roll:
     
  5. dlc

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    It isn't cheating if it improves the image, but I have seen photos that have been photoshoped to death, and looked like something that could never be captured in camera. This is what I don't like about digital manipulation.
     
  6. voodoocat

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    I wondered the same thing. Then I realized :idea: if I had something to work with, it would come out fine using photoshop. If I didn't, no amount of photoshopping would make it that good.
     
  7. Armageddon Machine

    Armageddon Machine TPF Noob!

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    I think photoshop is for cheaters...


    So I use paint shop pro 7 ;) lol jk

    I do't really think it's cheating. I guess sometimes you have that 'perfect shot', but there is a fire hydrant or power line in the background, and you can't verywell take those out physically.

    Like with this:
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    At a glace, can you tell that there was a light pole behind the far wing, where the tree under it is? and there was bird poop on the wing too.. hehe, do I ever love Paint Shop Pro...
     
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  9. TwistMyArm

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    Sometimes I find that scanned photos just don't look like the originals so I'll try to edit it to look like the original. I feel going to drastic measures like in the photos that Armageddon posted is definitely cheating.
     
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    looking at the before and after photos Armageddon ... i would have taken the light fixture out ... its too distracting :?
     
  11. dlc

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    I think that AM did it right. He didn't change the image, he made it better. It could have been the picture in camera either way. No one would have known the difference if he hadn't told us.
     
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    Great work AM..you certainly made a point and beautifully done too!
     

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