A thousand words

Are you ruining or enhancing photos? Photo courtesy: prolific photo.com

Are you ruining or enhancing photos? Photo courtesy: prolific photo.com

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When you let a photo speak to you, it is amazing what you will get out of it. Photography is taken for granted in today’s society. With easy accessibility on our phones, billions of pictures are taken daily. With the use of social media such as Facebook, 300 billion photos are uploaded daily. What people forget is that, photography is an art, it requires skill. Pressing a button or tapping your phone screen to capture a moment is not photography. It is so much more.

With that being said, Photoshop will not make a mediocre photo great. Adding filters through Instagram or changing the brightness and contrast on a photo is not natural. You can only do so much in Photoshop to a photo before it becomes a graphic design product.

There are many magazines, stores, brands, and other companies out there that Photoshop their models to “make them look better.” When in reality, what people want to see are the little imperfections that make a model look just like a normal everyday person. Although many brands do use Photoshop, some stores are taking it upon themselves to prove to their customers that they do not use Photoshop to enhance their photos, products, or models. According to Groundswell, Seventeen magazine stopped Photoshopping their magazine in 2012, they see this as their way to drop social insecurities about body image. Also, Aerie by American Eagle, is reaching out to their buyers by showing them that it is okay to have freckles or birthmarks, and that Photoshopping those imperfections out give their ads a very cold and distant tone.

On another note, photography contests are trying to distinguish differences between photography and Photoshop. Although, some people think that editing photos using Photoshop is part of the photography experience, others think that photography is more about controlling the camera angles, lighting, and shutter speeds to get the perfect photo. This controversy will continue to get photographers and editors both riled up, but one thing is true for sure, “A picture is worth a thousand words.”