I am no professional photographer. I have nor schooling or professional equipment. I know some of the basic techniques of composing a picture and taking photos I think. But I just love it.
God has created this absolutely amazing planet, and to catch some of it in a image is just a fantastic feeling.
Most of the pictures I have here on this blog are not edited, not at all. I just recently discovered the power of adjusting the image-colors, applying filters to it and so on. (see the last pictures)
But I was thinking, is this not some kind of cheating? I mean not to offense anyone, it’s just what crosses my mind about it.
Ok, if the image you make should be an artistic artwork, maybe by putting many images together, not meant to be looking real, is indeed something different.
But if its about taking landscape photographs. A highly edited picture is not anymore the result of your camera handling, but rather of your photoshop skills?
On the other side, a image never can really show how amazing the landscape really is. Its just a copy. Not the original.
And I think that by tweaking the colors you can give the original creator more credit, and highlight how amazing the scene was?
I have here an example. One afternoon I was on our tall bridge, I saw amazing huge clouds in the horizon, on the other side of the sea. Of course I took pictures of it. Here the best one.
Somehow boring, isn’t it? I mean, yes the clouds are huge, but it is simply not so breathtaking as it was.
So I tried the Windows own photo-editing tool, cropped the image, and this was the result:
Now it’s more like it was on the day. Of course the colors are not so natural, but I like it this way
I’d love to hear what you think about editing landscape pictures? When it’s considered cheating? Or can’t a images be “cheated” at all, and photo editing is important, even in the original image was not good at all?
(ps. the related articles have some good arguments about the matter, worth reading!)