so many photographers -- including some of the most popular on dA -- appear to use photo manipulation of their in-camera RAW work ... to give themselves style. yet ... instead of putting their work in "photomanipulation" it goes in whatever photographic gallery they want. are they manipulating their work? what the viewer thinks is a photograph? or both?
it's one thing to make a photo.
it's another to have "style."
not stylized photos but photographic style.
i've seen landscapes that CANNOT be achieved any other way but by intense manipulation or "enhancement" as those who aren't in the "real world" call it.
i've seen skin tones and lighting ... which cannot be achieved any other way but by manipulation.
all of that said ... one of the best is this retoucher
. look at the relevant section. do some mouse-over's on some of the examples.
so ... i ask ... if you make a mundane photo which almost anyone with any photographic knowledge can make ... and you give it to a retoucher ...
is it your style or is it the retoucher's style?
yeah, i know ... film people can do all sorts of things to their negs or chromes or whatever.
there are great examples of both digital and film shooters who deviate from what's was "actually recorded" to sensor or film.
i think it would be great when the day comes ...
when included in the exif information we see every single step, every single layer, every single everything ...
and i think that most will be surprised at how much "work" or "manipulation" is included in some of the most popular work in cough-cough ... the photography sections.
i think that if we looked at actual RAW files ... of some of the photographic gods (in both the real world and dA) ... we'd all be surprised as hell.
i know that editors have showed me the RAW files from some very well-known shooters here in LA ... and my respect for said photographers ... well ...
lets just say ... my respect level went down several notches.
happens in the real world.
happens at dA.
because ... dA is far from the real world ...
but ... that line between what is acceptable in the real world ... and dA ... is starting to blur.
a real blur.
not a fake one.
off to the city.
hope you're all well.
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