Long are gone the fun days of film photography with the delicate manual developing, printing, and limited retouching resources. As technology is growing everyday, the age of manual art has been replaced by the striking world of digital photography with all sorts of software and creative ways to improve images. One of the brilliant and most common software used by both professional photographers and amateurs these days is Photoshop.
Stunning images are being created by Photoshop, sometimes taking your breath away.. but the question is how far can this simulated magnificence go before it crosses the limits of virtual attraction?
Photoshop is so embedded into the social media culture that it is normal to assume that pictures either digital on internet or printed in magazines are retouched, and not entirely genuine!
One reason why Photoshop is accepted and not really looked down upon is that these forms of media are selling a false reality and not real life. Celebrities and models are routinely getting airbrushed before their photos are published, and this can be very concerning, often because teenage girls and boys admire these people, look at them like role models, and want to look like them while their appearances are not even real!
Newspapers, on the other hand, are about real life and what’s happening in the real world. They’re actual life stories and pictures that have been photographed to translate a true story to the public, thus should be held to a higher standard than other forms of media. The general public does not want to be lied to about the world they live in.
Cleaning skin, sharpening eyes, intensifying colors and shadows, and playing with lights can create fascinating images specially in portrait, fashion, and wedding photography, but only if they are done to a certain extent. Too much Photoshop can be considered as unscrupulous, and imply that you are not being accepted as you are because it’s associated with editing your body, your clothes, skin, makeup, hair, or any other personal areas, in such a way that it does not mirror the reality. Also, editing other people out of photos or altering their looks can be offensive at times.