Photoshop – Friend or Foe?

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February 7, 2013 by skyebecks

As a Photographer in the 21st Century, Photoshop is seen as a necessity. It is no longer enough to produce a great image in your camera, you now have to crop, re-size, re-colour, and that is just the start of it.

I have never been comfortable with Photoshop. I’m always worried about how it will affect my picture and that it will get to the point where my picture doesn’t look anything like it did in the camera.

When I first started studying as a Photographer, all I wanted to do was take Photographs. That’s still all I want to do. I don’t want to spend hours at a shoot and then spend hours at home editing every picture.

If you took mediocre pictures but then made them wonderful in Photoshop, then aren’t you then more of a digital artist than a Photographer?

I’m not absolutely against the use of Photoshop. I use it for my basic editing needs such as cropping and cloning (only small areas), but I cannot understand how and why people can spend hours creating more dramatic skies or cutting out and pasting hundreds (a tad exaggeration) of layers.

So in answer to my question: Photoshop – Friend or Foe? To me, Photoshop is a casual acquaintance. It is the friend that you hang out with for a few hours once in a while, but it would drive you crazy if you saw them everyday.

I can understand it’s use as an editing tool for a Photographer. I can appreciate the need to change contrast, alter the saturation, add text etc… But I do think there is a fine line between Photography and Digital Art and I think as Photographers, we should be concentrating more on what is going on inside our cameras and less on perfecting it on the computer.

We need to be PHOTOGRAPHERS!


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