Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Are You a Photo Purist?

 A purist is one who desires that an item remain true to its essence and free from adulterating or diluting influences.
I have heard many folks comment about, "not liking photo shop" or photo editing.
For the most part, I love an untouched photo. The natural shot. The original shot.
But then sometimes the photo itself demands something...a fix...
I loved this ole carousel horse photo. I took this pic in Leavenworth, Ks. at the Carousel Museum.
The problem was the background. YUK!
So I changed it in Photo Shop and I also may have used Picasa.
Sometimes I just blur the background, or straighten a picture. Sometimes, the photo looks like it should have been taken in black and white. I've been know to get rid of a bug on a flower...and sometimes an obvious flaw.
Gotta remember that art is subjective. Some will like something and others won't...
It's so important to just please myself, because...at least I know there's one person that likes a certain photo, even if it's just me.
ommmmmm

15 comments:

Out on the prairie said...

I throw a lot away when not perfect. That is what I like about digital where I can shoot extra. I never have used any software, but have seen some interesting shots. My daughter asked if I used the software on a camera I gave her and I just laughed, never read the instructions I guess.LOL

Rubye Jack said...

I think when the essence of the photo is preserved it is okay but when people totally change the way the subject looks then imo it is no longer real, which of course is okay but I'd rather the person didn't present it as the original shot. Mostly I'm thinking of all the touch ups of people. Bottom line though is whatever pleases you, as you said.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

This is an excellent post. Photography in its pure form is probably best but I am like you if there is room for improvement -- do it. I try not to change photos but sometimes it just calls for a few spots of editing. Besides, photos can be like art works receiving all kinds of alterations and look great.But the discerning eye can tell when alterations have been made and that is fine too. -- barbara

turquoisemoon said...

Steve, I have lots of shots I throw away also. If it's blurred at all, it's gone. Sometimes I love the pic, but it's just not perfect in my eyes, so I fix it. Love digital too!

Rubye Jack, Agree(mostly)... I did radically change a photo of a church in NM. I wanted it in loud, colorful NM colors. It made me happy when I finished it. Different strokes...

Barbara, I always hope for just a perfect photo. Normally the Kansas white/gray sky deals me a fit. I went to a local museum, here in KC, recently. I saw an old time camera and tripod. Those guys had to take the pic upside-down...amazing talented photographers back then.

Cathy Sherman said...

I love this photo. Lynn, You've turned a regular photograph into a gorgeous work of art.

People take photos for all sorts of reasons. If you're trying to depict reality, such as a listing on ebay, then you go easy on the editing. You certainly wouldn't photoshop out a crack in a pot for sale.

If you want to depict the beautiful essence of someone, you might airbrush that zit from a portrait, however.

I usually edit every photo I take by changing the contrast or white balance, perhaps sharpening, maybe saturating the color a little bit.

The camera does lie. Digital cameras can't detect the range of color that the human eye can see, so we compensate with photo editing. Lens distort. That's why you don't want to stand on the end of a group photo because you might look a little wider...

turquoisemoon said...

Catherine, You are so right. Besides just personal preference, the reason for a photograph is also a consideration. I didn't know that standing at the end of a group makes one wider??? Maybe I don't have to loose weight after all...just move to the middle of a photo. I guess the scales don't lie... I don't think any of your photos look shopped. All are very natural looking.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I don't mind either way. Photography is art, and individuals should be free to enjoy it any way they like. And it's a matter of perspective, anyhow. What looks good to me might not look good to anyone else. All that to say that I am most definitely not a photo purist! I enjoy all kinds.

turquoisemoon said...

Martha, Photography is art and so much fun. I tend to like the more original, but boy when I want to change something, I do it. Your photos seem natural~without touch up and I love them.

Bohemian said...

No... not a Purist at all. If something is Perfect in it's Original State then I leave it alone... otherwise it's Game for Enhancements and Creativity! *LOL*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

turquoisemoon said...

Bohemian, I love the fact that even something like cropping can change the entire look/feel of a photo.

Fun!!!

Linda Starr said...

oh what a heavenly place that carousel museum must have been I love the animals

Linda Starr said...

I think it's all up the person taking the photo and if changing it improves it your minds eye, then go ahead.

turquoisemoon said...

Linda, I really enjoyed the museum but had a difficult time taking pics. The background was so awful.

Dee said...

Dear Turquoisemoon, I continue to be amazed at what these various computer programs(?)/apps(?) can do to enhance or change or make mysterious a photograph. I've learned a lot from reading your postings about your photography class. But still, I'm flummoxed and pole-axed by it all. Peace.

turquoisemoon said...

Hi Dee...there are days I am too!!! hahaha!!!