Photo Editing Debate; Is It Cheating?
Photo editing is one of the most debated topics among photographers and artists. Some believe that photo editing is an essential part of photography, whereas others do not consider it to be.
In this article I am going to discuss some points that you might be interested in.
What is Photo Editing?
As I discussed it in a previous article, there are two different types of photo editing; Photo Enhancement and Photo Manipulation. Therefore, we should be clear on what we mean when talking about photo editing.
I am going to cover the questions regarding photo enhancement, so wherever you see the term Photo Editing in this article, it refers to Photo Enhancement.
Is Photo Editing a new technique?
As matter of fact, photo editing is not a new “Thing”. However, in digital photography it is getting more popular every day. Due to the exploding number of editing software, more and more photographers get in to photo editing.
In the film photography era photographers used to do certain type of photo editing and retouching. Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers, used to spend hours in the darkroom to create his master pieces. Likewise, many other pro photographers used different techniques of editing and retouching. Above all, the techniques and the skills were not widely known neither available to general public.
What are the basic editing techniques in digital photography?
Generally speaking, Exposure Adjustments, Contrast, and Colour Correction are the basic techniques. Even in Photo Journalism you are allowed to use these types of editing. Having said that, as a photographer you need to examine the images and determine how far you want to go on editing.
Finally, I want to say proper Photo Editing is an art, therefore each artist has a unique vision. Below you see a few of my images after I edited them.
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