Digital photography continues to improve and change the software programs to edit and add things to images. Many photographers have wondered about how far is too far when editing or correcting a photograph. The answer varies from one photographer to another, depending upon the intention.
Editing a photograph to improve the quality is often the main intent of many photographers. That editing can be cloning out unwelcome items in photographs, adjusting the lighting, highlights, and shadows. There have been photographers who create images using multiple images to make a new image, which can be appealing. The concern is when images are created that are deceitful and the intention is to manipulate the viewers. Those images that are often “air-brushed” are found in glamour and advertising situations.
What about altering an image to remove things that do exist and would draw the viewers eyes and emotion away from the main subject? For example, there has been a common censorship of rude gestures, or parts of the body in some photographs with a blurred circle. Doesn’t that edit or censoring bring more attention to the gesture or body part? Would it not be better to leave the image alone, uncensored and unedited? How does editing and censoring the image protect the viewer? Or is it the media protecting themselves from loss of viewers, and a fine from a governmental agency?