You may have heard of the term photoshop and or perhaps even used it yourself. ┬ Many photographers, but certainly not all, find themselves spending as much time in the photoshop lab as they do actually taking the pictures. ┬ Though this term is often thrown around within the modeling industry, many models may not fully understand what this is… and why photographers/models use it?
Well, first let’s define what photoshop really is. ┬ There is an actual software that is called “Photoshop” and then there is the overarching term used to refer┬ to altering (a photographic image) digitally using Photoshop image-editing software. ┬ Put into layman’s terms, this is the art of changing images to make them more desirable and appealing to the eye. ┬ Many models and photographers will use photoshop to do a number of things including…
- Create backgrounds and features otherwise not available to the photographer.
- Creating photos instead of doing all the legwork can┬ save much money.
- Gain a better understanding of what is needed in a good picture.
- Be as creative and expressive as you want to be.
- Restore old or imperfect photos.
- Create graphics out of your images.
- Change the layout, color, composition, and or focus of any picture.
Here is an example of a┬ photoshopped picture from an artist on DeviantArt.com.┬ You can begin to see why magazines and catalogs rely on photoshop so heavily. ┬ It is used to “perfect” photos. ┬ Even if the picture is close to perfect, there is a strong possibility that most to many of the pictures you see on a daily basis have utilized some sort of photoshop.
Specifically, models like to use photoshop to create and perfect their photos. ┬ Now, many will also use it unethically to create fake tear sheets┬ (photos of actual modeling work typically torn from a magazine or catalog).
Photographers use photoshop to create creative pieces of art and or to please and appease the clients they are working for. ┬ Many clients have a specific look they are going for and previous to photoshop, the picture taken was the only shot they had at getting it. ┬ Now, with the aid of photoshop, the photographer can generate different types of photos to take their profession to the next level. ┬ However, along with this wonderful innovation comes more demanding clients and models.
In the end, photoshop is a wonderful tool that can be used to hide blemishes found within the picture taken. ┬ It is best used to compliment and improve slightly a well taken photograph. ┬ Although, all too often it is mishandled and used as a way to comprise fake photos and or generate an otherwise unrealistic body type that even the most perfect models do not possess.