Photoshop is a great tool for photographers. With this software, you can remove red eyes, correct blurry photos, and get rid of artifacts. Photoshop can also be used to remove hated ex-boyfriends, erase blemishes, and delete distracting objects from the background of the picture. While cleaning up a photo to make it look prettier is nice to be able to do, there are also disadvantages to altering photos.
Advantages to Retouching Photos
Who likes to look at photos with red eyes? Other than people who are interested in making monster movies, red eyes are usually undesirable in photos. Photoshop is a useful tool to get rid of red eyes.
Pictures sometimes turn out a little blurry. With Photoshop, you can sharpen the photo up a bit and make the photo a little less blurry. If the photo is too light, it is easy to darken it up. Similarly, it is easy to make dark photos lighter again. I have been able to make old pictures look new again by adding some color saturation to them. A friend of mine was able to make a photo of my baby that went through a house fire look like nothing had ever happened to it. A photo can be turned into black and white or sepia, or can have only one element colored in order to make a cool effect.
Photoshop is a useful tool to get rid of distracting backgrounds, branches that look like horns coming out of someone’s head, boogers on a child’s face, and ex-boyfriends. If we don’t like what a picture looks like, we can change it to fit our desires. We can even change a picture to put us in a place that we have never been before.
Disadvantages to Retouching Photos
When we change our photos, it can leave us with a reality that doesn’t exist. Children really do get boogers on their faces. One day they’ll grow up and won’t need to have their noses wiped any more. Teenagers might go through awkward stages, acne and all, and airbrushing their faces removes that reality. An ex-boyfriend might be a low-life loser, but if he was in your life, removing him from the picture removes the memories, however painful they may be at the moment.
Some of the most interesting elements of a picture are often the details that we don’t pay attention to when we take the picture. My daughter had her ears pierced for a while a couple of years ago. The earrings ended up falling out, and I don’t know how it happened, but the holes in her ears grew back almost immediately, and we weren’t able to get the earrings back in again. While going through pictures of her, I saw the earrings and remembered the story. Cars and people in the background can remind you of trips that you took and people that you once were in contact with. Even ex-boyfriends can remind you of a relationship that you are thankful to be out of. If you erase all of these reminders, you might forget about them later.
Perhaps the best solution is to keep a copy of the original photo before you alter it. That way you can have the nice, cleaned up picture that you want, but you will still have a copy of all the details that will bring up memories years down the road.