How much “editing” do we do as photographers? I don’t mean just editing some supermodel’s images, but I mean real people.
I do not call it “editing”. I call it “finishing”. Because I am on the side of “not much”: I hate making someone into something they are not. At the same time, however:
- Temporary blemishes can be fixed, as far as I am concerned. They will not be there tomorrow anyway.
- Anything I can do with light, I can do with Lightroom, I feel.
- Anything a make-up artist can do with make-up, I can do with Lightroom, I feel.
In the following portrait of the other night, of the lovely Liz Medori, I did little except:
- Adjust exposure – because my light meter and camera disagree with Lightroom.
- Adjust white balance.
- Remove stray hairs.
- Fix temporary blemishes.
- I also adjusted Lightroom’s “clarity” a little, however. This is akin to choosing a different, less contrasty film.
That led to this:
What I will not willingly do is change shapes (remove fat), move things (like noses) and change sizes of things (like noses and breasts). I think people look just fine the way they are, and I feel uncomfortable contributing to the fiction that the world’s actresses and models are perfect, while you and I and all other real people are not.
What do you think? When so much of the market demands changes, should we make them?