Photography vs. photoshop

Started Sep 28, 2007 | Discussions thread
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mitch R Regular Member • Posts: 197
Photography vs. photoshop

This is a philosophical question: a friend takes a photo of a flower--nothing unusual, his composition is nothing to speak about, color, subject rather mundane.

Now, he is adept at manipulating his image on photoshop--he takes this "nothing" image and with filters, layers, color changes, etc., the flower photo is transformed into a surrearistic fine art image.

Another friend takes a photo of a flower--composition is wonderful, color and perspective terrific--a very good photograph that requires little or no manipulation--it stands on its own.

If both persons are considered "photographers' is the term photographer so loose a term that it can apply to anyone who wields a camera?--ie: Can a heavily manipulated image be considered a photograph even though it's origin is a "crappy" photo?

Please excuse--I am having a difficult time explaining my thoughts about this. Maybe someone out there can understand what I'm trying to say and assist me. Thanks.

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