Ethics question

Started Feb 17, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Joe Melillo Senior Member • Posts: 2,984
Ethics question

I recently shot the snowfall scene linked below, with the D800E. It seems that the image could be improved by cloning out the snow covered twigs in the foreground that are partially covering the house.

I sometimes sell photos at church charity events. This may not be one to consider, but if I did, could it still be called a legitimate photograph after that amount of retouching? Are there any generally accepted rules about how much use of cloning tools is allowed before a photo can no longer be called a photo?

Btw, the camera sensor recorded a tremendous amount of detail in the house and fence, apparent when the full file is enlarged.

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