Photoshop - The Dark Side
Photoshop is a program that manipulates digital images to
the Nth degree. You can make a picture into just about anything you want. You
can turn a photograph into something that doesn?t even resemble the original.
Is this a good thing, or an evil force to be reckoned with?
Surfing on flickr, my favorite photo sharing site, I?ve
noticed many images manipulated with this program. Some to the detriment of the
shot by rank amateurs of the program; others skillfully crafted & enhanced
to make an incredible image. My question is, is this still a photograph, or now
just a computer generated image?
I guess part of the beauty of digital photography is that
you can do this. Still, on one hand you have a photo with great composition
that can be made better, on the other you have crap that is manipulated to the
point where it resembles something else. Is this still crap, or all of a sudden
You have the question of enhancement, to rid the shot of
small flaws, or gross manipulation to change the image completely. Is this
the Dark Side of photoshop? How far do you go?
Pictures, art, or just crap?
After seeing some of the beautiful enhancements, I?m tempted
to go over to the ?Dark Side? and learn this program. However, will I then I cease to
be a photographer, and become more of a computer software user or photo
Help me Obi-Wan?.you?re my only hope?
Filed under General, Sep 12, 2005