As a photographer I hold myself to photojournalistic standards in editing. I think it’s important that when you see a photographer’s work you can trust that the image is true, that it’s not manipulated in anyway. Certain adjustments are allowable, such as sharpening and contrast.
I found these rules in Reuters Handbook of Journalism:
Photoshop is a highly sophisticated image manipulation programme. We use only a tiny part of its potential capability to format our pictures, crop and size them and balance the tone and colour.
Materially altering a picture in Photoshop or any other image editing software will lead to dismissal
- No additions or deletions to the subject matter of the original image. (thus changing the original content and journalistic integrity of an image)
- No excessive lightening, darkening or blurring of the image. (thus misleading the viewer by disguising certain elements of an image)
- No excessive colour manipulation. (thus dramatically changing the original lighting conditions of an image)
So there it is, good rules to live by. If you’re a photojournalist.
But what about Art? What if you’re photographing for the sake of art and not journalism?
This week I gave it a try. Creative manipulation, not of content or subject matter of the original image, but certainly excessive lightening, darkening and blurring of the image. Yes, even color manipulation.
I’ve done it before, but only using the iPhone. The following photos were made with a digital SLR, the Nikon D700, and then editing using Snapseed software on my phone. Somewhat a reverse process.
I did it for the sake of art, and experimentation. I think as long as you know they’ve been manipulated then my photographic integrity remains intact.
What about you? Do you shoot for art, or do you hold yourself to a more photojournalistic standard?
In the meantime, enjoy these images, and in the interest of full disclosure, they’re manipulated.Follow @nomadruss