Hello, it’s me (Dave) again!
In my last blog I alluded to my being ‘sold’ on photography during some training in Cornwall………..
Yes I knew about exposures and light, and how cameras worked. And yes, I had enjoyed taking pictures of people, right back as far as 1984. But I had spent a good deal of my working life in engineering, and photography was an ‘information medium’. Being artistic did not come naturally since it ran contrary to my work practices.
Then, as part of an incredibly intensive week of tuition with a truly inspirational Cornish photographer, I watched, almost spellbound, as he demonstrated the positive side of Photoshop and transformed a photograph into a work of art. What started out as a well-composed, well-lit photograph became something that would grace any wall. Suddenly photography was an artistic medium and it really was a ‘Eureka moment’.
Photoshop gets a really bad press at times because of the way it is used to distort the truth. They used to say a photograph never lies - but these days a photo-editor might! When it is used to mis-sell a product or misrepresent an idea of how someone should look or feel then clearly it is an abuse of trust.
But I believe there are many uses for Photoshop which are appropriate. When used to enhance a photograph purely for the beauty of art then it is a fantastic tool!