Take a look at the 2 photos above…
On the right, is the digitally manipulated version of the lady on the left!
Ok, I admit that the one on the right looks very much better than the untouched version, but heck, man….there’s manipulation and there’s manipulation….this example, and there are countless others adorning the hundreds of glossy fashion magazines throughout the world, takes it to the limit….in fact way over the limit.
I know that before digital techniques, photographers used darkroom tricks to spice up some of their shots….that was nothing more than exposing the print to a little more light in some parts, and cutting the exposure to another part of the same shot….dodging and burning to give it it’s trade name. Together with using creative lighting, type of film and camera exposures, those prints were still a realistic impression of the real thing.
But with those techniques, it was nigh on impossible to create an entirely different person from the same shot, as is done nowadays, and as the photo above shows.
This very obviously begs the question…..if you are going to manipulate a shot so much, as in this case, that the end result looks nothing like the original, then why bother at all? Sure, nobody wants to advertise a high-class perfume with a photo of an ugly man or woman, but why not choose your models carefully in the first place, have a good make-up artist work their magic and then shoot the end result.
We all like looking at the glamorous shots of ladies and men in our glossy magazines, but are we looking at the real thing? Most of the time, I fear not!
photo courtesy yahoo.com