Reality Check - Photoshop
Photoshop gets a bad rap. Celebrities have complained about Photoshop and retouching, stating they want their images "natural" and "un-retouched." Okay, perhaps the editors have gone too far to alter an image. But why "throw out the baby with the bath water?" Photoshop is an awesome tool when used correctly.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as "straight out of camera." Sure, you download a jpg image from your camera and send it to print without any Photoshop or other program touching it. Your camera has a processor inside of it that edits the photo. When a professional photographer, or serious hobbyist, take a photo they do so in a format called raw. A raw format saves more digital data than a jpg format. The raw format must be processed by software such as Photoshop. Raw photos are flat, with little color or definition. Programs such as Photoshop allow the photographer to have complete control over color, contrast, and more.
When celebrities, or fashion models in magazines, have their photos taken the post processing is usually very heavy. Photoshop is a powerful tool that can make you look perfect, make you slimmer (or heavier), smooth out the skin, add in items that were not in the original photo, change the color, and more. Processing a photo to make someone look much slimmer with flawless skin is deceptive and this is why celebrities complain. Photoshop does not have to be used to this extreme. When Photoshop is used to enhance then it is being used properly.
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