I’ve been participating in a discussion about photoshopping on a photo forum. It’s been quite interesting because everyone has a different take on what’s okay, what’s not.
Photographers seem to generally fall into one of the three camps.
Those who see nothing wrong with being heavy handed – HDR is fabulous! Vignetting make everything better. Skin-smoothing in one fell sweep is awesome! Screwed up exposure? No problem. The image editors are there for us to use to its fullest, so why not use it? (I know I’m laying it on a little thick).
And there’s those who think postprocessing should be done minimally, and that photographers should strive to get their images as close to perfect as possible right out of box (ie, while shooting).
Finally, the third group – the gray group. The ones who fall somewhere in middle. They view photoshop as a tool that has its place and time.
I myself fall in this group, though perhaps leaning a little toward minimalist group. My one foray into HDR makes me wince (see pic above). Look at that grass! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that shade of green in nature. I do occasionally use textures and various postprocessing effects to enhance my images – sparingly though.
I’m curious about your take on it. What’s too much? What’s okay in your book? Where do you draw the line? Cloning out zits? Using liquify to slenderize? Curves or exposure levels to correct exposure?
Do you like HDR? Hate? Like Hipstamatic? Hate? What’re your pet peeves?
Let’s hear it.