Monday, 3 August 2015

Let's talk Photoshop!

Good evening everyone! Hope we're all managing to battle through the dreaded Monday blues...

Today I wanted to do something a little bit different. As you may or may not know, I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at University. I enjoy photography very much but as of right now, in this moment in my life, I do not want to pursue a career in photography. For me, the most exciting part about photography is the post-production (any work done after photographs are taken) side of things, in particularly photo manipulation. I love this topic! So much so much that I wrote a whole thesis on the matter. Researching how post-production, advertising, and the media affect consumers' needs to purchase by inflicting insecurities on the masses, which of course is an ongoing international issue.

Naturally, or perhaps I should say unnaturally, Photoshop does come in to play on this topic. I do tend to brighten my photographs up quite a lot because I don't have the lighting kit that I need/want to achieve lovely bright imagery. Recently, I've been good and not done any "beauty retouching" to my photographs so that you could see as accurately as possible how a product is working on myself, after all my lovely readers need to know the truth when it comes to my product reviews! The other day I decided to take a passport-ish style portrait of myself just cause I was applying for a railcard and needed one. I got a little carried away (was a little too bored perhaps) and decided to go to town and retouched away!


I am sure you can see that the clear difference between the two photographs above, I didn't want to talk too much about this or give my opinion on the images as I don't want to sway your thoughts on it BUT I would love to hear what everyone thinks about post-production and photo-manipulation, specifically in the beauty industry.

This may be a little heavy for a Monday but let's get talking! You can answer me as openly and as honestly as you'd like.

Grace
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2 comments:

  1. I always edit my photos, I'm a graphic designer so it's kind of impossible not to, my immediate instinct is to brighten it and make it crisp! I don't think there's anything wrong with it, especially when it comes to blogging, photography is a major part of it all!

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  2. I usually edit my instagram and blog pictures too as the lighting isn't always that great. I try to only enhance the atmosphere of the photo though instead of completely altering it. And I have to admit I prefer the unedited photo of you in this post (both are beautiful though :)).

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