How much photo retouching is acceptable?
This is a question I consider every time I work on my photos on the computer in the post production process. I hereby confess that I will sometimes change the photo to show what I thought I saw, rather than what the camera actually saw.
Years ago I started a series on the blog Gardening Gone Wild called “The Camera Always Lies“. I tried to make the point that every photographer makes the decision on what photo to take, how to crop it, and what to show to others. This whole process is a “lie” in order for the photographer to tell story that he or she wants to tell.
I saw this Phormium under a wisteria vine, tucked in Diana’s garden behind Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’. What did the camera see?
Before and After Slider
What do you think? Was it okay to take out a few of those blemishes – the dead branch, the leafspot ?
And what about the opening photo with a Topaz art filter? It’s how I felt, but not exactly a realistic photo to appear in a garden magazine.
Oh well, this is not a garden magazine.