Our visiting speaker last Monday made a point of emphasising that he did not enter competitions with images that he had heavily manipulated – meaning altered the content of. Yet several other recent visitors have expressed pride at their insertion of boats, people and other things into their successful images.
So is that “cheating” and do you mind?
Undoubtedly Photoshop has made such manipulation much easier for us and the competition culture of camera clubs has encouraged us to do so. Perhaps the bigger question is “what are we trying to achieve by doing it?”
This photo comprises two separate frames, captured within a minute of each other, in effect placing the girl and the bird in the same image. Done because it was easy and the notion simply appealed to me. But mostly, I’m at the “why bother” end of the argument.
Where do you stand? Gary