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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


This news photographer has been criticized for the overuse of Photoshop in his award winning news photo. What do you think about the alterations he made?

http://www.designboom.com/art/world-press-photo-2013-image-alteration-controversy/



May 23, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


I see absolutely nothing wrong with the processing of that image. The emotion caught in the image is what makes this a fabulous photo.


May 23, 2013 at 02:30 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


chez wrote:
I see absolutely nothing wrong with the processing of that image. The emotion caught in the image is what makes this a fabulous photo.


Heart wrenching...



May 23, 2013 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


Processing is necessary, ... but when you are manipulating the lighting to be contrary to what could have possibly existed, then the implausibility of it is where things kinda "cross the line" for me in a PJ realm (artistic rendering, it's all fair game) as it's kinda hard to have key light orientation in both areas of backlit & frontlit and left & right from a single source (i.e. sunlight).

D&B is kinda "gray" but doing it to the degree that it would require more than one key light source in ambient lighting is out of bounds for me as "obvious photoshop " that can't plausibly exist in reality ... thereby it isn't in the spirit of PJ to be representative (interesting word, open to interpretation) of the moment in time.

The image of the girl ... looks incredibly staged to me. PJ is usually construed by most viewers to be indicative of what you would have seen, had you been there. For me, while they may convey the spirit of the moment, I think the images have been altered, manipulated or staged to their detriment, rather than their honest power that I've always considered great PJ to be ... kinda blurring the line between a photojournalist and a sketch artist or art director.

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


I was reading about that last week. He has made fairly major edits to the image - stacking up different exposures and then blending them in a way which clearly doesn't reflect the real lighting in the street. As a result of the processing the lighting looks completely wrong to me. There is also a little touching up of bruises on the face of the child.

He hasn't cloned people in or out, nor merged two different images. Nor is there any suggestion that the image was staged. However, the emotional tone of the picture has been significantly altered by the big change in lighting and by the selective changes of lighting on the faces of people in the crowd. I don't know how ethically correct this form of processing is, but I think it is correct that people are questioning it.



May 23, 2013 at 05:35 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


Is that fundamentally different, say, from what W. Eugene Smith might have done in his darkroom, burning and dodging under the enlarger, making his documentary images from Minamata. If it's all from the same frame, I'm not sure I see a problem.


May 23, 2013 at 06:49 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop?


One of the analysts of the image said this:

"but regarding the positions of each pixel, all of them are exactly in the same place in the JPEG - the prize-winning image - as they are in the raw file. I would therefore rule out any question of a composite image."

This is what matters to me. So long as the image still portrays the same exact moment as the original RAW I don't mind some post processing with shadows/highlights/color. Camera sensors do not yet reproduce what the human eye sees so until that time we are dependent on the actual photographer giving us what they thought they saw at the time.

I have no idea whether the event was staged or not but that goes to a very different ethical discussion then post processing a photo.



May 23, 2013 at 01:07 PM







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