Is it wrong to edit photos with computer programs?

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  1. jasonmb

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    I'd assume so. Does it not take away from the photography aspect of it all and bring it more into the realm of graphic design?
    I mean, I suppose you wouldn't edit a photo much, I try not to when I do. But even tweaking certain things; contrast, clarity, ect-- is it wrong to do so if you want to call your work actual photography?
    Although, I see some people's work and I don't understand how they would take the photo with just a camera. I'm very new to all this, so I know there's plenty I don't know about camera affects and such, but I was just wondering what is the general consensus on editing photos?


     
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    This topic has been brought up many times before.

    The answer ... is no.
     
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    There are lots of threads about this actually... the general consensus is that if you don't do the editing, the camera does it for you, so it's happening no matter what.

    To me it's simpler than that: NOTHING IN ART IS EVER WRONG
     
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    Sorry, I'm new here and didn't see any threads pertaining to my question..

    So, no it is not wrong to edit photos?
    Do professional photographers do it?
     
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    Hmmm.. ok. Well, thank you both for your input. :)

    EDIT: I had been told it was wrong, that's why I was asking.
     
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    How else would you edit your digital photos?
     
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    Depends on the genre. PhotoJournalists..yes but they get fired if they get caught.
    Fashion and Commercial Photographers - sometimes...if there isn't a budget for a retoucher.
     
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    Really sharp scissors, a darkroom and lots and lots of patience.
     
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    Everyone edits photos to some degree using a digitial camera, whether they know it or not. It is not wrong.

    Choosing to not edit photos on the mistaken belief that it somehow makes you a better or more ethical photographer is really selling yourself short and limiting your ability to create impressive looking images.

    The only time it is not ethical to edit photos is in the field of photojournalism, I would venture that almost every other professional photographer edits their photos to some degree.
     
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    That's the point.. The question was whether or not you should edit your photos on the computer or simply use the camera and it's settings to create effects in the photograph, which I suppose is a type of editing in itself but yea..
     
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    Yes, it is wrong. I don't even develop my film, so that the photos will be "real".

    ;)



    Everybody edits their photos. Some more than others.
     
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    That's what I had thought, but then I was told that it was wrong and real photographers would laugh at me for doing that to photos so I just wanted to get the opinions of everyone on this site. I've always had an interest in photography and have taken many photos but am now trying to develop my hobby into something more.

    Thanks everyone for the help and clarification, it is appreciated! :)
     

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