(Closed) Should Photoshop be banned?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do you think a photographer should use PhotoShop(or other software) to enhance their pictures?
    Heavens YES! I want to be the most prefect looking bride ever. Go for the maximum effect! : (45 votes)
    46 %
    Retouching to remove blemishes or cropping out some of the background a little but not beyond that : (51 votes)
    53 %
    No, don't retouch at all. : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Though I don’t want significant retouching, I answered yes.  I figure, let people get whatever they want…though I think it’s sad that someone would feel the need to ask for such significant retouching.  My photographer (or perhaps it was another I spoke to, can’t recall) said that he does list a per hour fee for extensive retouching b/c he once had a bride ask him to make her arms thinner in every single photo which took hours!

    I use PS all the time for color balance and cropping…occasionally more advanced things, but never to alter the appearance of subjects.  But that’s my personal value.  I also don’t think I’d try to drastically lose weight for my wedding unless it represented a total lifestyle change I planned to stick to, but that’s just me.  I want to look like the best version of myself when I get married, but not like someone who is almost unrecognizable.  That said, I completely understand and respect people who view it differently…and I think retouching can be similar.

    Post # 4
    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country

    I’m convinced that my photographer shaved a little off my middle in some of my engagement pics where she shot us from behind. That being said… I loved the shot, thought it was fantastic, and sadly, if i did look fatter, I probably wouldnt have been happy with it.  I didn’t ask whether she did it nor not, and never will.  I am all for photoshopping, so long as you can’t tell it was photoshopped, you know? If you can look at a pic and say, "Ha! That’s not real" then I feel like you’ve gone too far.  But if you’re able to enhance a person without them being able to be sure whether you did it or not, then I think you’ve reached Photoshop nirvana 🙂

    Post # 5
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Obviously there are limits, like if the person didn’t even look like themselves but there is still an art to using photoshop and personally I love wedding images that have been photoshoped a certain way. I love a softer image and I use neatimage a lot to get that in photos. Changing weight seems silly though.

    Post # 6
    979 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

    PhotoShop is a terriffic tool for far more than retouching. You can adjust white balance, exposure, contrast, and far more on RAW images. Like most tools, it can be abused (lens flares, anyone?) but by no means should it be outlawed. 😀

    Post # 7
    13 posts

    If your photographer doesn’t use PS or some other software to process your photos than they are not a qualified shooter and should not be making a living as a photographer.  Processing RAW files using a software application is the digital equivalent to developing film in a darkroom to adjust exposure, light, color and contrast.

    Post # 8
    7052 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Make me as darn beautiful Mr. or Ms. Photographer as you can!!  Wield your camera and computer magic!

    Post # 9
    5398 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I LOVE PS and I wish I wish I had it and knew how to use it! 

    Post # 10
    2365 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I am all for photoshopping pictures!

    Post # 11
    168 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    If we’re talking about changing the way the people in the photos look to the point where they’re unrecognizeable or they look "Photoshopped," I’m not a big fan of that. But I agree t.o.bride – if your photographer isn’t doing some level of editing, at the very least for color correction, etc., they really aren’t a professional photographer. Professional photographers know how to get a good shot using the right camera settings and the best lighting, etc. But they’ll need some sort of photo editing software to fine tune the end result, and personally I enjoy photos that have a neat effect to them – they’re tinged in blue or given a special effect to make them look aged, etc. That’s what I really like about Photoshop.

    Post # 12
    122 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Totally agree with cherry and t.o….

    It’s a necessary tool in the digital age.  Fiance is a photog, uses it ALL the time. 

    I acutally used it for our STD’s, Invites, Thank you’s, Bridal shower invites…all of it.  We don’t have illustrator : (  but this has been great for layouts.



    Post # 13
    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I <3 Photo Shop and so does my tush 🙂

    Post # 14
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I use Photoshop every single day. I have terrible acne and acne scars, and I probably will still have blemishes on my wedding day.

    I WILL use photoshop to clean up my skin (I should show you some before/after pics from my engagement session), but I will NOT change my weight.
    That being said, I’m happy with my weight, I’ve always been slender, so I don’t have a want/need to adjust my size. But, I certainly do not fault anyone that wants perfect pictures.

    No one wants to remember their wedding with acne, cellulite or chunky arms. If you want it, do it!

    Post # 15
    2249 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I like it when you use photoshop to make the photo art, like one thing colored etc.

    Post # 16
    2204 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think this may be more of a question of: "Do you think photo shop should be used to touch up images, distort and change the appearance of people?"

    I think we can all agree that PS shouldn’t be banned for it’s many useful purposes, but maybe a better discussion would be–what should PS be used for?  Is it unethical to use PS to alter images, which may cause unhealthy body image issues among women?

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