Photography: How much manipulation is allowed?
Yes, there is manipulation in my photos!
It is no secret that real nature is different than what you can see in photos, not only in mine.
- It is starting with framing the world as I wanted to see it. Sometimes it is not necessary to have a nuclear power plant in a photo. So I will choose the frame wisely without this object.
- Using filters can be heavy manipulation too.
- I also manipulate objects in reality. It is not only cleaning the beach from seaweed. Sometimes I rearrange objects in the way I like it. Most of the photographers are doing it. If you see leaves on a black stone near a floating river be sure this scene is manipulated. Let’s have a look at these rocks I have rearrange for the best look in the right corner:
- Giving people advices doing things in a special way can be called manipulation too. A sad face cannot be ordered to a smile without looking manipulated.
- And of course retouching is manipulation by nature. Ansel Adams for example was the first photographer having great success with manipulating photos in his darkroom.
Photography is about truth.
So where does truth come from when you keep all these manipulations in mind?
- Photography in reportage style creates truth through showing things that are really happening.
- In art photography truth comes from transporting your personal vision you have while taking your photo.
What do you think, about manipulation in photography?