Did you know using PS is cheating?

Started Jan 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
Glen Barrington
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Re: Did you know using PS is cheating?
In reply to Florida Nature Photographer, Jan 24, 2014

Florida Nature Photographer wrote:

brick33308 wrote:

Or so says Florida Nature Photagrapher in his post (linked below) responding to my retouch of the OP's photo (per her invitation). Immediately following his assertion are my 2 separate responses.


For those who don't click through to the link I didn't say that using PhotoShop is cheating.

In reworking a photo a new background was added that was not present when the photograph was taken and I responded to that with the comment "To me that is cheating".

My post was an attempt to generate friendly discussion on the limits we as photographers should set when enhancing a photograph.

This is something every photographer needs to decide for themselves. I'm good with any decision anyone makes in this regard as long as they avoid making universal statements about what standards I should apply to my photography.

I am very new to this craft and I am trying to establish for myself what is and is not reasonable. I won't be able to do that without input from folks like you.

Personally, I'm in the school of thought, that anything is OK if it results in an image that SAYS something, and says it well.  "Philosophically Pure" photos that aren't very good, are still lousy photographs!

I make my best effort to generate discussion without offending anyone. In this case I clearly failed. I regret the poor use of my communication skills. I do not regret my attempt to gain perspective from the views of others.

You weren't offensive by my standards.  Though if you read these forum posts for a few more weeks, I'm sure you'll see PLENTY of offensive behavior.

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