Photo editing by kūpono imaging
Do you have photos that:
- need a cluttered background removed?
- need color correction?
- need an object removed?
- you love, but have an irritating blemish?
- need some enhancement for your portfolio or profile page?
- need to have their exposure adjusted?
I can help you with all that and more. Just send me your pictures with a brief note about what you want done. I'll take care of the rest. There is no charge until you are happy with the outcome.
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A Brief History of Photo Editing
The age of digital cameras has fueled an ongoing heated debate among photographers about post processing. The "purists" maintain
that it is dishonest to manipulate a photo once it has been captured. The other camp argues that post processing is, and always has been
part, of the photographers' artistic toolbox. After years of reflection, I find myself solidly in agreement with the post processing supporters.
Contrary to popular belief, photo editing is not an evil development of the digital age. The tools have changed over the years, but the concepts remain
the same. The first practical camera, the Daguerreotype, was invented in 1836. Photo manipulation was being perfected as early as 1860 when, in a portrait,
the head of Abraham Lincoln was joined to the body of John C Calhoun.
Commercial photo retouching in the 1940's was a painstaking process. The artwork took place directly on the film negative. It took a steady hand,
perfect eyesight, and an artistic vision to effectively edit images. There is an article in Creative Pro
about the 1946 book Short Cuts to Photo Retouching that you might find interesting. I am amazed by the patience and skill demonstrated by these artists.
During the process of creating their art painters, writers, and photographers all rely on the practice of revision. A painter outlines his ideas in charcoal on
canvas with an initial sketch .A writer may make countless revisions before he realizes his final draft. Even then, it is hard not to go back and continue editing.
A photographer uses the same process. The skills necessary to capture the image on film or digital sensor are of utmost importance, but only the first step in the
journey to the final vision.
The realm of photo editing called photo manipulation is quite different from photo enhancement. We regularly manipulate photos to create the desired outcome.
Backgrounds are changed for artistic effect, horses are turned into unicorns, and composites are created to enhance our photos. On the other hand, when images
are manipulated to mislead or deceive the viewer we move into a completely different, and possibly unethical, use of photo editing.
Here are a few examples:
Lenin and Stalin had photographs doctored to remove any record of their
association with political outcasts.
More recently the Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung
edited Hillary Clinton
and Audrey Tomason out of the White House situation room photo of the Osama bin Laden mission.
To make a political statement, the head of Sarah Palin was grafted onto the
body of a gun totin', bikini clad young woman.
There are thousands of examples of dictators, religious zealots and politicians using photo editing to advance their agenda and deceive the masses.
These deceptive practices have given the art of photo editing an undeserved bad name.
Photo editing cannot perform miracles. An image with poor composition or fuzzy focus will always be a picture with poor composition and out of focus subjects.
There may be, though, elements of the image that could be used in a composite with another picture. Most images can be improved during post processing.
The picture of your backyard barbecue may never be a work of art, but chances are that it can be greatly enhanced by careful editing.