What a great challenge and a perfect start to talk about another kind of change than the seasonal one. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately – or better, the past few years with the rise of smartphones, Apps, Instagram and technology getting cheaper and more accessible for everyone):
How our perception is changing with the possibilities of technology and software, how altered images become the norm and we don’t even think about how much we may be “fooled”.
Hello Everyone, I’m Mona, a 30 year old Graphic Designer taking Passport Pictures, retouching Images and digitally restoring old photographs in a Portrait Studio all day long.
In my spare time I love the opposite for my personal relaxation and happiness:
Capturing beautiful light and moments in nature & cities.
Starting with the camera settings
this is the most basic part and already such a big influence on the mood of the image. From setting the temperature, the exposure/brightness or a wide or closed aperture for a magical sparkly blur or pin sharp lines in landscape and architecture to working with ND / Polarizing / Gradient Filters to preserve certain parts of the image and alter the other parts (mostly the darker parts we want to brighten)
Now into the editing software / apps
this is basically the new dark room where there’s almost endless possibilities to change our shot into what we want it to be. In addition to the physical work during taking the shot we can basically edit almost all of the above.
Change is nothing new
it’s only the methods changing and the ways we work and make things happen. From Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (Source:Wikipedia) who took some of the first color photographs around 1900 by using RGB filters, taking three photographs and “stacking” them into one additive color image, to Ansel Adams (Source:Wikipedia) during the 1920s to 1950s, doing everything in every step of the process to make his images as beautiful and dramatic as possible.
If you are interested, there’s a very beautiful documentary about Ansel Adams, one of the greatest landscape photographers of all time and how he had full control over his images from the taking of the photo to virtuosic work in the darkroom
Technology is making it very easy and accessible to alter images the way we want them to look – without much knowledge – from photoshopped reality to body slimming apps and filters taking us back to the warm, nostalgic feel of film sometimes when digital looks too cold, flat and clean. Just soften the lights and shadows, add some grain et voilà…
As much as I love editing images and creating a certain mood or atmosphere
A sad downside of it I’m experiencing every single day at work is the changing self image of people (mostly female teenagers) who still don’t seem to be aware of how altered images have become the norm and trying to achieve that technically created reality – be it body image or flawless homes & lives which for both body and mind is very unhealthy till impossible in some aspects.
An aspect I’m really hoping is becoming more aware and people seeing altered images as art, pleasing to watch but not reality.
Week 1–Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/