Wednesday, June 27, 2012

To Tweak Or Not to Tweak.......


I am discovering that some photos I take can be totally altered


and in my opinion look better than the original.


This is a very subjective thing of course and I know there are 'purists' who feel that this altering


of a photo takes it into a different realm of photographic work.


What do you think about altering photos and playing around with


photo-editing software programs?


Here is what an original from this series looked like:



For me, I think both have their merits. It depends on what one wants to create.





20 comments:

  1. I think that a photo can be just as much of an artist's canvas as any other object.
    Have fun, explore.
    Of course I like the altered ones.

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    1. I agree Stew. Photos have long been recognized as an art-form.

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  2. You're asking me???
    Me, who's never presented a picture in its original state...
    You can guess my answer, can't you?!?
    ;)~
    HUGZ

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    1. Sure can! You are 'the master' of alteration!!! Just like there are people out there who refuse to use anything but 'vinyl' to listen to music, there are some who feel the same way about photography.

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  3. Do you think that you can make God's work look better? I'm sure that there's something telling you not to do that in the Bible. But I'm not going to actually read it to find out.
    I don't really do it but you gave me a great idea for some inexpensive wall art for the new place. So thanks, you Heathen!
    m.

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    1. Well, actually YES Mark! lol I would say different, not better.
      I was thinking the same thing for wall art.
      The Heathen

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  4. I think that it's a personal choice. If someone wants to alter photos, by all means, alter away! I always use a photo editor, but mostly to crop, sharpen or brighten up images, but I think it's a great tool for creating some amazing pieces of art. So...keep an open mind, I say.

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    1. I so agree Martha! It takes the 'image' in a totally different direction.

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  5. Precisely! Depends on what you're going for. Editing can take photos to the next level of "art."

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    1. And there are so many to go now! It is limitless.

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  6. Jim, you take such beautiful photos that it's hard to imagine you altering them, but they look great. But I still prefer the originals, although I have to say that I've "sepia-ed" some old faded color photos (you know, the ones from my youth)and it really did improve them. Always a pleasure to visit your blog although I've been bad about visiting anyone lately.

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    1. Hey you! Thanks Christine, good 'to see' you! Yes, use what one can to get/achieve what we want in the end.
      Selling LOTS of stuff? And are you sweating, oopps, I mean perspiring your head off in the heat?

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  7. I love playing with Photoshop so much, I can hardly leave any photo in its original state - but I always save the original.

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    1. I am pretty much the same way, Pat. Mind you there are those photos that don't require anything.....far and few between, here.

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  8. You are such a good photographer, that I prefer to see the natural photo. But, of course, if you enjoy playing around with the programs, that's fine too. I have a couple, including Photo Shop, which I haven't installed yet. I don't know why it seems like there's not enough time in the day to learn all these programs. I'm retired, after all. I am working in Picasa right now, sometimes. There are so many programs, how does one know which one to choose. I just heard about another free one, called Gimp.

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    1. I guess it's like comparing apples and oranges, Inger. The effects are so different but both have their merits. Ron has tried Gimp and has Photo Shop and found both to be so more advanced technically than Picasa that he would need workshops to each.

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  9. Good post and good question! You know me, I am a purist, I do crop to get rid of the odd shoe or soda can or ugly bush and I do make the images smaller. I have art for my walls. I also can't seem to get decent results from "tweaking" as you can. Maybe if I could, I would. You do have the "eye", not everyone does.

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    1. Sharon, you're not alone. I know a fella who refused to go with CD's and stayed with vinyl records. I haven't seen him for a while but wouldn't be surprised if he still feels the same way. You know you purists!! lol
      Actually I do understand where you are coming from.....if we 'let go' of everything right off the bat then there'd be nothing left!

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  10. Tweak away, and have fun while you're at it!

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Hey, I really like your comments and appreciate the time you took to do so.

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