The Editing Debate for Professional Photographers in Scotland

August 10, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

Hi All

 

One of the subjects that comes up constantly for me as professional event and corporate photographer working in Scotland, I am often asked how much editing I do and what my opinion is to manipulating or editing in photography.  My general attitude is that I want to be spending as much time taking photos and less time in front of a pc.  Photography is all about composition and light.  Of course you would be mad not to take advantage of the capabilities of digital software and infrared photography requires some digital editing to achieve the final product.  When it comes to corporate event photography, you may be processing hundreds of photographs from a conference photography commission in Edinburgh and you simply don’t have the time to do much editing, except for a few special photos.  The other thing I have an issue with is replacing skies in photos. Photography is about capturing a special moment in time, showing the fantastic landscape for what it is and if you have to replace the sky with one that you took last week, well then I am sorry, this is not a photograph and nothing more than a digital creation.  For portrait and wedding images, a certain amount of editing is acceptable but in my opinion, and I stress this is just my point of view, if you are altering the body shape or changing the face considerably, again I have a problem with this and it is not what photography is all about.  This is not an anti technology or editing rant, but more of a keep it real message, to prevent what is essentially a form of cheating if taken too far.  The good news is, you can always tell a good photo from an overly manipulated one.

 

I will leave you with an older photo rom the air show at East Fortune, which like a lot of events has sadly been cancelled this year due to Covid 19.

 

Until next time.

 

Kind Regards

 

Colin

www.colinwrightphotography.co.uk

www.edinburghphotographer.com

 

 

 

 

 


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Commercial Freelance event and corporate Photographer, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fine Art and Landscape Photographer Scotland

www.colinwrightphotography.co.uk

[email protected]

 

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