(Closed) How much is too much photoshop?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What are you comfortable with photographers doing with photoshop?
    No digital editing at all : (7 votes)
    2 %
    Fixing color balance, skin tone, etc. : (73 votes)
    25 %
    Editing out blemishes and minor flaws : (82 votes)
    28 %
    Fixing body issues like backfat and unsightly flab : (36 votes)
    12 %
    Substantial modification to appear slimmer : (8 votes)
    3 %
    Modification of the surroundings (remove trees, etc.) : (36 votes)
    12 %
    Editing people out of photographs : (30 votes)
    10 %
    All of my guests riding unicorns : (24 votes)
    8 %
    Other: Specify below : (1 votes)
    0 %
  • Post # 3
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’d be ok with editing blemishes, dark circkes; and  correcting color balance and those “technical” things


    i’m not ok with other things and i hate when i see brides proud of their photographer who photoshopped people out of pics. it’s not what happened! do we want photos of our wedding or a bridal magazine photoshoot?

    Post # 4
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I want a picture of all my guests on unicorns.


    Post # 5
    3400 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @cirk:  Word.


    @hyperJulie:  I’m okay with basically any editing, as long as it is well done & doesn’t change so much that it isn’t at all a factual portray of us, or the event. I wouldn’t be okay with being edited down many pounds because, like you, it just is no longer accurate (although, I wish I was a lot smaller, darn it!). I would, however, be okay with having some minor stuff changed like blemishes, or a huge pile of backfat removed from an awkward pose I found myself in. I’d also be okay with someone being edited out from the side of a picture if their eyes were closed, or they were looking silly (as long as it wouldn’t look odd after the edit).

    But, mostly, I want my pictures to be as artsy and interesting as possible, which does often take quite a bit of editing and ingenuity on the photog’s part. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing all the guests riding unicorns! πŸ˜›

    Post # 6
    686 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I want all my pictures in selective color…

    Seriously though, I’m ok with color balance, skin tones, blemishes etc, as well as editing out an odd person in the background of a shot that is supposed to be just us type thing or a dog taking a crunch off in the distance.

    Post # 8
    2481 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am a photographer and while I love editing, there are limits beyond which I think it is reasonable to go. It’s standard practice to adjust colour balance, tone and blemishes as well as cropping pictures well. I’d always remove unhelpful background detail although I’m very picky about composition anyway so I’d not be shooting against a plethora of signs or streetlamps that emerge from heads! Making drastic changes to body shape is not something I’m prepared to do in a wedding shoot since I firmly believe in capturing a true representation of the day rather than a fantasy.

    I also think it is OK to edit people out of shots but I draw the line at editing them in from random head and shoulders pictures taken by others and supplied to me afterwards as was suggested when I covered a 60th anniversary party. 

    For all that, I still think that the dinosaur shot is one of the best wedding pictures ever! So if someone wanted a really quirky edit I’d be delighted to do it.

    Post # 9
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee

    I think editing temporary flaws is perfectly fine, I don’t have permanent blemishes so I typically do remove them from better photographs. As far as body modifications, it’s not natural. I have been known to whiten my teeth in photos, but I’ve been whitening my teeth in real life more recently, so that stopped. I sometimes correct flyaway hairs too.

    Post # 10
    984 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Everyone on Unicorns <3

    Post # 11
    53 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I was recently in a photo from a friends wedding and I was a little offended when I realised that the photographer had edited my arm to take away my freckles (I have a lot and always have). Sorry! Wasn’t my arm pretty enough for you?


    Strangely enough though I quite like some obviously edphoto artistic style photos – I think it depends what you want out of your wedding pics.

    Post # 12
    1589 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    MY friend’s photog was able to change the moms smile, or lack thereof. They also made a guest’s dress have less cleavage. I thought that was a bit much.

    Post # 13
    11233 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Things like color balance, skin tone, minor blemishes, I would expect to be fixed. I even asked my photographer to edit out a tattoo on my back from our engagement pictures (we didn’t have time to try out the cover makeup I’d bought). 

    Oh, and unicorns.

    Post # 14
    11697 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I asked my photog to retouch a couple of my engagement photos where I had a particulatrly unflattering muffintop (mostly because my jeans needed to be hiked up) and the way the light was you could see the outline of my bellybutton through my shirt making me look about 20 pounds heavier – she just PS’d out the bellybutton and voila, I look like me.  

    There are several angles where I feel I look much larger than I am but i wouldn’t ask her to fix that.  (she won’t be our wedding photog, she’s a friend who’s building her business, the price was great and I wanted some good photos of us)

    Post # 15
    1010 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m mostly ok with nearly anything except taking ‘off’ an excessive amount of weight or everyone riding some mythical creature (lol). While I don’t mind having the occasional blemish fixed, skin tone corrected, etc, I know damn well I’m not going to magically be Kim Kardashian curvaceous when I’m more Melissa McCarthy curvy! πŸ™‚

    That being said, I would probably just ask for the un-edited versions of the shots, as I’m proficient enough in Photoshop to edit pictures. It’s part of what I do as a hobby anyways. πŸ™‚

    Post # 16
    8446 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    As long as the color looks right (trees aren’t neon or blue), I don’t really care for editing out anything.  Over edited pictures remind me of those fuzzy mall pictures that everyone used to take in 7th grade.

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