Warning: Illegal string offset 'galleries_autoplay' in /home/customer/www/lindsaydocherty.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/como/functions.php on line 268

Warning: Illegal string offset 'automatically_text_color' in /home/customer/www/lindsaydocherty.com/public_html/wp-content/themes/como/functions.php on line 278
The Magic of Photoshop ⋆ Lindsay Docherty Photography
August 22, 2007

The Magic of Photoshop

Uncategorized

Everyone knows that models in advertisements and magazines have gone through hours of makeup, preparation, and photoshop to look as good as they do. But do you have any idea exactly how much change there really is? Dove (the soap brand) has come out with their Campaign for Real Beauty and feature a remarkable short film that shows the transformation from normal woman to billboard beauty with the aid of hairdressers, makeup artists, and photoshop whizzes. It’s a smart and somewhat sad commentary on our distorted perception of beauty. What you see in magazines simply isn’t real yet that is what we keep striving for. That’s why we buy all of those products. Do you really think Eva Longoria looks the way she does because she uses L’Oreal?

Every now and then I get people telling me that they really don’t need or want anything done to their images. They say that they don’t want the extra photoshop work that I do to all of my images. I think this stigma comes from incredibly overprocessed images in which people look fake and plastic-y. Here is a very extreme example of how far you can go with this powerful tool. In photoshop it’s all about knowing when to stop and how to tweak an image so that it doesn’t look different, it looks better (especially where kids are concerned).


Take this little girl for example. The image on the top is what came out of my camera. It’s well framed and it’s a very sweet expression on her face but the picture doesn’t really draw you in. The second image is what I would show her mom. Her expression hasn’t changed but the picture pops out more. To let you in on what I did, I increased the contrast so it didn’t look so flat and lightened it up a bit.

I never release an image that I haven’t looked over and tweaked to my liking. Sometimes I just lighten the whole image. Sometimes I edit small pieces of a picture by removing pimples or stray hairs. They are just small things that might draw your eye away from what is really important – the person in the picture! Point is, there’s a very fine line between using photoshop to enhance and using photoshop to change. Unless requested otherwise, my images are minimally enhanced so I don’t create beauty, I just bring out what was already there.

Related Posts
Featured
Heather: Senior Session in Merion, PA
Perhaps you remember Heather from a senior session we did last spring in Texas. Well, goodness, she was only a junior then so we had to do another one now that she's a senior.She braved the cold weather of Pennsylvania and visited me. We shot at Merion Park, right down the street from where I grew up. I'm so fond of this place.Just like before, Heather was a natural. Totally beautiful! I can't wait to find out where she'll be going to college next year!Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference. ...
READ MORE
Personal Session in Chicago
I spent this past week in Chicago where I met with the lovely Shelley to take some pictures for her. She's a gorgeous redhead with definite model looks to her. We got some great shots in Lincoln Park by the zoo and conservatory.She's tall and thin and has such a friendly and natural air to her.She's very easy going.It took a few tries to get a serious face out of her (she just couldn't stop smiling) but she photographed well.And she had an easy smile that I'm sure wows those Chicago men.Thanks, Shelley; I had a great time!
READ MORE
The Photographer’s Curse
On the eve of Halloween, I find it fitting that my focus be on some truly scary pictures. You see, I am a photographer. I take pictures of people and do what I can to make them look their best. I've had the great fortune to photograph very attractive people so my job has been pretty easy. But every now and I have a tough customer. No matter what I do, this client just never looks right. Not flattering, not genuine, not good.This client is me.And herein lies the Photographer's Curse. No picture of the photographer ever looks good to the photographer. Try as I might, I just don't like em. Maybe I just need a new face. Maybe I just nee ...
READ MORE