There have been many discussions recently among the photography community about professional photographers altering photographs in order to achieve their objective. At the center of this controversy is the world renown National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. He was accused of using Photoshop to alter some of his photographs in order to make them more appealing. PetaPixel recently posted an article detailing this “scandal”. I have also seen some photographers use techniques to oversaturate their photographs because they can sell more prints. I struggle with this topic as I’ve always strived to reproduce what I saw. Of course, sometimes I miss the mark but I try to keep it “realistic”.
I “created” the photograph below in Photoshop. It’s actually parts of one photograph that I have rearranged to create a “better” photo. When I was in South Africa I was photographing a sunrise that I called Zulu Sunrise. My original composition included the railroad tracks but I realized that the sun was going to be too far to the left so I had to reposition my camera left of the tracks. I really wanted the sun to be in the middle of the tracks as the tracks disappeared into the sunrise. So, I made a new photo with the design I had in mind. Is this wrong? Is this cheating? What is your opinion about this type of work? What if I had painted it instead of photographed it? Would you think any differently? So many questions today… :)
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/22, shutter speed at 1/20th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This image was created using two parts of a single image processed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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