There has been more discussion about the use of photo editing with digital photography. Some have commented that a digital photograph shouldn’t be heavily edited using Photoshop or other photo editing programs. Others believe the photo editing is no different than what was done in the darkroom when using film photography. Both arguments have good points and bad.
The good points; photo editing using software is immediate, can be easily seen, has a variety of tools, doesn’t have to be expensive, can be reversed if not liked, doesn’t require a lot of training, can be used on all computers, and has a variety of effects. Editing can improve an image and make it more saturated in color, crops can improve the composition, and the image can be resized with ease.
The bad points; photo editing doesn’t come with clear guidelines or recommendations on effective use, the software programs need to be updated often, the price range is huge (from $80-700), the variety of programs make purchase a challenge, filters and special effects can be overused, and the image quality can be damaged. The overuse or misuse of photo editing can make an image appear “fake” or “unrealistic”.
More photographers are seeing that keeping the photo editing simple and minimal is becoming more favored. As the technology of computers and photography changes do does the discussion on photo editing and software. Do you believe that photo editing has been over used? How often do you photo edit an image less, minimal, or not at all? Or do you deliberately push the software and image to the farthest?