When it comes to photography, there seems to be two schools of thought:
- Never mess with the picture. Reality is sacrosanct and thou shall not mess with it.
- Photography is art. As long as you’re not misreporting “facts” with your pictures (i.e. photojournalism needs to follow #1 above), you’re allowed to make art however you like.
I tend to fall somewhere in between. While I’m not a big fan of over the top Photoshop trickery (possibly NSFW – features a lady in lingerie, but it’s the best example of over-the-top PShop trickery I’ve ever seen), I’ve been known to sketch out stray dog hairs, smooth and even skin tones, whiten teeth or generally just pretty things up a little in some of my photos. I always try to stay true to the idea of the person or pooch standing in front of me, if perhaps turning my photos into a slightly idealized version.
But once in a while I like to play with more advanced techniques because let’s face it: half of my job, nay half of my life is spent as a marketer. I’ll tell you this – no person is more susceptible to marketing messages than a marketer (that’s how we know what works) and I just love the style of some of the photographic ads running these days, with their desaturated, contrasty goodness.
Soooo… I decided to play a little bit with this photo of Merry taken this morning, and I love the results. I may be playing with this style a little more – it’s not for every photo, certainly, but what’s wrong with creating a little art between friends?
If you like today’s photo, or have comments about this topic in general, I’d love to hear your thoughts. :)