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Digital Photography and Ethics..
27 Jan 2007 at 13:04 GMT
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Recently, in the news and in magazines. I have been following story about Press photographer using photoshop to moreless cheat in the images they have taken...

These are some of the links I came across also recently.

http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/business_practices/digitalethics.html

http://photoshopnews.com/2005/04/03/kate-doesnt-like-photoshop/

http://photoshopnews.com/2006/08/08/news-photography-and-photoshop/

http://photoshopnews.com/2006/08/07/reuters-withdraws-all-photos-by-freelancer/

so the question I ask people is where do we draw the line? is it necessary to draw a line? do you agree or you don't know what all the fuss is about?
 
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5 Feb 2007 at 11:34 GMT
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I see nothing wrong in using photoshop but using it as a 'digital darkroom' in the same way as a traditional darkroom. In other words if you can do it in camera or in normal processing then there is nothing wrong in doing it digitally.

Anything else isn't a 'true representation' and that is the very essence of photo-journalism. There is a line but where the line lays will depend on what you intend for your photograph. How would we feel if we found out that W. Eugene Smith's photographs of the Minamata disaster were not ture to themselves but were shopped? Completely differently to Kylie Minogue being 'shopped for FHM that's for sure.

So to sum up - I think it's all about context and subjective ethics. Photo-journalism should be about what the eye sees and not what the photographer wants you to see.
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17 Aug 2007 at 11:52 GMT
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I shoot all my photos in RAW so I MUST necessarily "develop" them, using either Photoshop or some stand-alone RAW converter. That process, as "lightbox" rightly points out above is akin to a "darkroom". In a darkroom, traditional developers have a variety of options, all of which are subjective: the amount of exposure to use, type of paper to print on, amount and types of developing chemicals, etc. All of these variables mean that there has been a human input in determining the final output (read, subjective).

In my opinion, if Photoshop use is limited to the above, fine, but if with Photoshop you introduce a subject that was absent in the original shoot... then, that's lying.
Jose Angel Saez-Diez (Jasdg) 
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17 Aug 2007 at 12:00 GMT
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I agree in the totality of the things that Lightbox says!
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10 Sep 2007 at 21:10 GMT
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till photoediting, only the literary journalists could twist the truth (with their words).
now the photojournalists have their dream-come-true
...everyone tells the story to create whatever impression they want
even camera images unedited still portray the bias of the photographer (what we call perspective, focus, angle, view, composition...and other technical jargon)
i believe an absolutely objective report (photo or not) exists only in theory
 
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