Thomas and John Knoll created Photoshop in 1988. Since then it has become the de facto industry standard for graphic and image editing, such that the word “Photoshop” has become a verb as in “to Photoshop an image”.
In the world of photography, photoshop has become one of the tools used by photographers to do editing. The editing process can range from minor to major manipulation of the images. Recently I have been asked if photographs that I had posted on Facebook or on my website had been photoshoped. The question surprised me because all of my images are edited. Given that I shoot all of my images in “raw format” I have to use photoshop for minor editing. For those of you who are not familiar with what is meant by “raw format” it is equivalent to a negative in a film. Remember before the digital cameras, we would develop our pictures from the negatives in dark rooms. The editing I do in photoshop is similar to that process and usually includes adjustments such as manipulating the exposer and sharpening the photograph.
Since I have been asked the question a few times; I am wondering myself if an image is “photoshoped” does it mean that it is any less an “art”? I think the answer is that we should not get hung up on the process but focus on the product itself.
What are your thoughts?