The Photoshop Effect
Over the past few months, I have noticed more and more articles and videos being posted online that show the truth about the celebrities/models we see in magazines or other publications. These publications spend a lot of money to have Photoshop experts, go through photos and make sure every photo is retouched for the "ideal beauty." Young people today, both male and female, are looking to these publications and are being given unrealistic expectations placed on them in regards to the way they look.
I spent some time looking into the subject and from just a quick search on YouTube, I found videos dated as far back as the mid-2000's, bringing up the topic of this "Photoshop effect" explaining how most, if not all, images in our major publications have been retouched in some capacity. Going through comments and articles, people stated that Photoshop should be banned as it is lying to the readers since the photographs are not actually the model/celebrity but rather a "retouched" version of themselves. I don’t agree that Photoshop should be banned in these instances but I do feel like more education is needed for our youth.
As I stated, there are videos from over 6 years ago showing the concern for this issue but still to this day young people are having to deal with trying to replicate the way models look which is the start of eating disorders, depression, or any other number of psychological and/or physical issues. That being said, recently many celebrities, such as Keira Knightley, Melissa McCarthy, and Andy Roddick, are taking a stand against photographs that were retouched in Photoshop to make them look something other than themselves. The education is getting better but I believe we have a long way to go in order undo what has already been done.
The above video is a perfect example of how a "normal" woman, can be transformed to something that's not even real.
When it comes to how I edit and process my photography, I do not use Photoshop. In most cases, I don’t make any adjustments or retouching to how a person actually looks. When I process photographs, it is mostly to correct colors and to bring out detail, not to make my client or subject into something "new." I believe in capturing the moment as it actually was rather than retouching an image to give you a false impression of that moment. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and no one should have to change themselves to fit a "definition" of beauty when there is no right answer.
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