Discussion: Is Photoshop Cheating?

Posted by Tedric Garrison on January 8, 2010 at 1:41pm in PHOTO EDITING

There are those among us who think if you do anything to your photo after you take the picture then that’s cheating.
If one painter only has a dozen colors to work with and one has 64 colors
to begin with, are they cheating to use the extra colors they have available?

Do I cheat? Yes, I do and I’m proud of it. I will lighten eyes, darken skin, remove pimples, increase contrast, increase color saturation, and occasionally do something creative like this.

I create images to give an emotional response to the viewer. I consider Photoshop and other computer programs like it as tools of the trade. This argument is not something new. I remember when some argued that it was cheating to use filters, or electronic flash. The only thing that I consider cheating in photography, is when the photographer closes his or her mind and stops trying to be as creative as possible.


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