A&P Where do you draw the line on post-processing?

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  1. delslow

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    I've been thinking about how far is too far in post-processing. With photoshop we can turn a terrible landscape into a beautiful sunset, turn an unattractive model into a perfect 10, or remove unwanted distractions. It may have been possible with film but digital makes it a million times easier.

    I'm interested in hearing others opinions on where we draw the line, or if we draw one at all. At what point does a photo become a false reality? Is it okay to create a false reality? Should we set limits on what we change, or allow a free for all on images?
     
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    I think it really depends on your targets for the picture. Advertising and a lot of other industries will require perfect or even surreal photos. If you are taking a snapshot for the family album -not so much.

    As long as it doesnt take away from the good aspects of the photo and isnt excessive for the intended usage -sure.(unbelieveable or easy to distinguish changes, or detrimental to image quality)
     
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    i don't know where the line is, I tend not to want to spend that long on a photo so I'd just assume reshoot or give up rather than waste a day on it.

    I do know that way too many people use PS as a crutch, choosing to make things right behind the lens rather than in front, which isn't as fun, takes more time and cuts into profit
     
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    There isn't a line to be drawn, but thanks to a lot of primadonna wankers on the internet some people think that there is. Unless you are shooting for journalism and news reporting, do whatever you want to. A bad photo is always going to be a bad photo regardless of how much lens flare you add in photoshop.

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    Photoshop is man's way of playing God. :wiggle:
     

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