With the digital world providing such a huge platforms for businesses
to grow and flourish, is it possible that there exactly an Internet Police to
check on the authenticity of the content posted by the different brand? Are the
images shown in a particular blog or Facebook post genuine? Is it real, or is
it Photoshopped? How far can content providers go in the terms of altering
photographs to give to their audiences a more interesting picture? To what
extent is it allowed? To what levels is it editing, and where does editing turn
into manipulation? Does it what as to how much an image has been edited to get
the final image that has been shown? Every
picture, photograph, image, we see around us are someone’s interpretation of
the world around them, the happening that affect them. From the type of camera
a photographer chooses to use to the kind of lighting they use to the settings
they employ, they are constantly trying to draw an imposition of themselves
upon reality. So, in a very professional sense, there is no absolute truth and
no single person portrays the most real picture of the truth.
There is one very basic fact we tend to
forget, when we click a photograph, we don’t capture a perfectly objective shot
of truth or reality. What we capture is another one of our interpretations of
what is happening around us. No camera can record the absolute reality of
About a decade ago, to a good image
(whatever the photographer has in mind about a particular scenario), everything
lied in the photo refinement, but these days any image can be ‘edited’ by someone
with a little knowledge about Image Editing.
Ever since Adobe came with Adobe Photoshop
in the 90s, every photographer has made it a point to learn editing, processing
and altering of images on the computer. All these similar photo-editing
software aim at improving the overall quality of the image, and also compensate
for any shortcomings in the image. Furthermore, millennials boast their editing
skills by downloading a few high-ended editing applications. Image manipulation
in the 21st century is easy and widespread.
The real question is not the extent of
manipulations of a photograph, but whether we should accept it or not?
You then have to ask if the use of filters is “cheating” or
even adjusting shutter speeds and apertures can be construed as manipulation.
There is no right or wrong answer to this question as it
will always be up to the individual artist to decide which course is right for
them. It is much like five people seeing a car accident and being asked for
their view of what happened, you will get five different stories.