Photo-manipulations vs. photography

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DenWil Veteran Member • Posts: 3,925
A different plane of existence.

thenoilif wrote:

I believe that a photo can be manipulated quite a bit so long as it is meant to give a complete representation of what the photographer felt and saw at that moment. A common and simple tactic to do this is black and white or images that are rendering in a dominant color.

There was another article about a photographer getting an award taken away because he edited a photo of an elephant and the ears got switched around. The sky was also likely changed out to give the image a more dramatic feel. Some argued that the background being changed alone should have also gotten the photographer disqualified but I feel that is fine if the change helped to re-create what the photographer perceived and felt at the time.

Perceived and felt? And if he perceived rainbows and a pot of just drop them in in post? ...manipulating a photo  in post to reflect your feelings is hilarious.

Good one.

For me, photography isn't just a 100% recreation of a scene because that is a very subjective thing.

No it is not. It is either in front of you or it isn't and I demand an accurate rendition of what I framed in my viewfinder. Whether it is worth photographing at all is what is subjective.

Light is tricky and our cameras are usually calibrated for art, not scientific accuracy. I tend to find that some people, with more of them being found on a gear site, tend to lean toward the belief that the cameras are calibrated for science.

My film  and film cameras and now  the digital equipment are  all calibrated  for accuracy = this much light generates this much recorded brightness and red looks red.  Your cameras are obviously different.

It has nothing to do with being a gear person which I am not. I cannot do my job without replicable results from my equipment  and equipment  which was programmed to be artistic would never render the same thing twice. That is my choice to make not the gear's.

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