The other day I stumble on article titled “Do Your Pictures Need Botox?” and it contained what I thought was a great quote:
Using Lightroom is like putting on makeup. A little accent here or there, but no major changes. Using Photoshop is like giving your picture plastic surgery. If it needs that much work, the picture is probably junk anyway.
And I think when it comes right down to it, folks know that making a digital image in Photoshop is a lot easier than capturing a compelling image in the field. Not that there is anything wrong with creating digital art. Its just than more and more often folks are either omitting that salient detail or lying about the authenticity of the image out right. And I feel that this degrades the value photography and reflects poorly on the integrity of photographers.
So why am I ranting about Photoshop again, because it appears that there is some discussion on the net that Peter Lik’s Full moon image may be a composite. And again, that’s all well and good provided it’s not marketed or inferred as an image shot in camera.
Update: Two things happened since I started writing this blog post and now. First it was confirmed that this image is indeed a composit image. Now the fact that it took a petty big internet push for this information to come out is exactly the problem as I see it. Far too many photographers proudly extoll the virtues and capabiltiies of Photoshop only to be shy when it comes to presenting their digital art.
The second thing that happen is that I took the 7 mile round trip walk (a great walk btw) from Kaanapali Beach on Maui to Lahaina to have a look at this image at the Peter Lik gallery. Now I have to say that I have always admired the quality of the prints that Peter Lik displays and sells at his galleries so I was interested to see how this one looked in person. And as a photographer who has, unfortunately, seen more than my fair share of full moons pasted behind all manner of things, and usually in front of the clouds, I confess that my initial thoughts from the internet pics were that this was a composite. But in person it screams fake, or composite, or whatever you want to call it. Now again as digital art it is still pretty dang amazing. And I will say that the sales folk in the gallery came right out and said it was a composite. I kind of wish I’d had visit before the internt hubbub to see if they were similarly forthcoming. But at least now they are fessing up.