That’s the big question of our digital times!
But didn’t the old Masters of Photography also cheat? Didn’t
Ansel Adams Henri Cartier Bresson (or rather his minions as he did not print his photos himself apparently – and sorry, sorry for the error!) also cheat by dodging and burning, by retouching, by tweaking the exposures and contrast of the prints?
The only difference is that nowadays, cheating is easier, thanks to Photoshop and the others of the bunch. But can we call it cheating?
Or is it rather expressing our view of the photograph. Where does it stop to be ‘post processing’ and where does the cheating jump in?
Last time I complained that the day I went to a particular location, the sky was too bland. The weather was too fine in fact. What if I might be so free as to tweak my photo just a bit?
A big cheat, no?
I could have waited for another day or two, with gorgeous stormy skies (and get soaked making the photo instead of enjoying the spring sun). But no, here I go and simply add clouds to my photo…. a sign of our hasty times.
Of course, the second photo is nicer, yes, it’s very far from perfect with the clouds overlapping the trees on the left a bit, but it gives a nice added atmosphere to the scene.
But it is cheating! No doubt!
So tell me, where does cheating begin and photography end? Is a bit of cropping and adjusting the horizon a cheat? I can do the same in my darkroom, it just takes more time!
Or is it art? Can cheating be art? Deturning a picture, modifying it, transforming it can be art, no?
I’d love to hear your opinions!
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