Following on from the Live Debate on Adobe Creative Week last Friday where the subject of Image Enhancement and Image Manipulation was well and truly thrashed out, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
How far and what retouching is done on images is always a topic of conversation and more so when it relates to pictures that appear in glossy magazines…but is it a bad thing?
As a Photographer & Retoucher when I’m working on portraits and physiques my intention is to make people look their very best BUT not to the point where they wouldn’t recognise themselves unless of course the deliberate intention of the retouching was to go beyond the realms of reality [Link]
I was recently commissioned to shoot some Headshots of a woman…a Therapist requiring up to date images for her website. Having finished the shoot I went home and emailed her and within the email included a sample of one of her images. Her reply was exactly the response I would have hoped for. You see she asked if I had done anything to the picture because she said…in her own words “I think I look great“.
Now the fact that she had to ask if the picture had been retouched, to me said that I’d done my job because to her there was nothing glaringly obvious suggesting the picture had been enhanced/manipulated.
Anyway some great points were raised during Friday’s Adobe Creative Week session and I’d love to pose the same to you, so…
- How would you define Image Enhancement?
- How would you define Image Manipulation?
- What would you NOT do when it comes to retouching an image?
- At what point does an image from being a Photo and start becoming an Illustration?
- It’s 2012…Do you think everyone now knows that pictures in magazines are retouched/edited?
Photoshop has become a verb these days; I’d suggest it’s a term that most people have heard of but one that most outside of the creative industry don’t really understand. There was one point we didn’t get chance to discuss last Friday and that is: Photoshop is so much more than learning how tools works and learning techniques; the REAL skill is knowing When and How to use those tools and techniques on any given image.
So what are your thoughts on the 5 questions above? Sure, retouching will always be a topic of conversation but I’d love to get your views/thoughts so feel free to make use of the comments section below or on my Facebook page [Link] and hey who knows…I may ask the same questions in a few years time to see if those views/thoughts have changed.
Have a great Wednesday folks and whatever you’re doing having a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,