Photoshop. Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Every image on this site has been ‘post processed’ using Photoshop, so to me it’s a good thing. Without it I wouldn’t be able to get the best out of my RAW files and end up with the images you see here. So many times though I’ve seen negative comments about images being ‘Photoshopped’ and even had some on my own which surprised me. So why does Photoshop have such a bad reputation?
For me, I think it’s been brought on by the fashion industry. Every image of a beautiful person on magazine covers had been airbrushed, smoothed, morphed and cleaned up until it’s nothing like the original image or even person. It’s well publicised in the press about how much Photoshop work has been carried out on cover images giving a false image to millions and yet they believe it to be real. There are countless tutorials on the Internet showing us how to completely change the shape of models to create the perfect image. I think people believe this happens with landscape imagery too. The very whisper of the word ‘Photoshop’ and the scene that they see never happened, it’s all fake and the colour was added in afterwards. In some cases this may be so, which brings me to my next point.
There are millions of images thrust upon our visual sensors every day and we have to try and decide what is real and what isn’t. It seems there are some who can’t tell the difference though. All too often an image will appear with radioactive skies and halos around trees and buildings, overly fuzzy images with strange colourcasts brought on by over processing. It always amazes me at the amount of comments and ‘likes’ these images get: The comments are usually along the lines of: “Wow! Stunning!”, “Simply superb!”, “Amazing!” and “I’d love to go there and see this for myself.” I read these comments and have to wonder if these people have ever been outside and seen anything like the images with wacky purple and yellow skies with clouds that come from Mars or Jupiter and landmarks that have a strange glow around them. Really??