Now, like Toto, I’m going to expose the man behind the curtain.
While I was earning my English degree a few years back, I took several photography classes. The digital photography class was all about PhotoShop. Here is just a small sampling of the kind of fun I had in that class.
This photo is the original one I shot with my Nikon DS70 through the windshield of our car as we were driving out west. I wanted to clean up the reflection of the dashboard in the window, and lose the mirror and windshield wipers. I also thought the little white sign was distracting.
Here is my final PhotoShop edited version. You might notice I also adjusted the contrast and colors.
You can do a lot for a photo in PhotoShop just by adjusting the contrast and color saturation. This is my original shot of the grand canyon. Majestic, isn’t it?
With a little tweak from Photoshop, this one really comes alive.
This was a nice sunset I shot over the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Here is the same shot with a little boost from PhotoShop.
I know, you might be thinking, as I once did—That’s cheating. If you’re going for the pure art of Ansel Adams photography, you’re probably right. There is a real skill and art to taking a stunning photograph with everything in balance and no tacky white signs poking up. But this is digital art. And most photos you see are altered in some way. But if you’re a journalist, you are not allowed to edit objects in and out of photos. I don’t know what other rules apply there.
Since I’m neither a journalist, or a professional film photographer, I am free to do whatever I like with my photos.
Can you see me in this crowd of press reporters covering the Gorbachev and Reagan meeting in the mid-1980s? I don’t know why I wasn’t smiling like everyone else. (I should credit the original photograph, but as I did this for a class several years ago I don’t remember the source and couldn’t find it today. I hope the copyright police don’t catch up with me.)