Thursday, April 19, 2007

Integrity?

The post below this one marks a bit of a first for me, in that it contains three images that have been altered in very subtle ways. Usually when I make changes to my pictures, I do it in a big way, and I let people know that this is different from my original picture. But for these three pictures, I didn't want big changes, I just wanted minor tweaks to contrast and such to make them look better. Usually I alert my readers to any modifications, but to do so would have interrupted the flow of the post. The question for both myself and photographers in general is, where is the line? When does a little tweaking become too much tweaking? Should I alert people whenever I change a picture, even if it is only minor changes? What do you think?

5 comments:

Vesp said...

If you are making changes that are meant to be seen, then say something. If it's just something small, to make the picture look a little better... Say what you will.

And start sending these pictures into magazines and stuff!

sam said...

I hope you aren't expecting us to guess which images were 'tweaked', because I looked and have no idea.Could you maybe give us a hint about like what kind of modifications they were?

Zach said...

I regularly tweak the color, brightness, contrast, shadow and highlight levels of all my pictures to make them look nice. I only consider my photos altered if they take on an obvious dimensional step away from reality.

Travelingrant said...

Hah! Sorry bout that sam. The first two pictures, and the fourth. In the first two I altered the color levels and contrast, brightening the picture and making it a bit more white/blue. I found that shooting sakura with cloudy white balance was a bad idea, the extra yellow didn't look so good. The fourth picture I cropped a bit, did some color and saturation modification. Like I said, not much but they are different from what I originally took.

sam said...

Wow! I had no idea you normally dispensed with those kind of modifications! I guess since my experience with photos and computers is all high school newspaper, I'm used to doing whatever has to be done to an image to make it look like I wanted it to.

Knowing that everything else was really that unadulterated makes me that much more impressed with your photography skills--flying without photoshop in this day and age is a very welcome anachronism.