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    Heh. There was a huge furore about this...

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    Default Nat Geographic.

    Remember the huger furore about Nat Geo manipulating images of the Egyptian pyramids on their cover? Poor chaps got blasted so much they ruled that they would never again manipulate their images.

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    Can't the modifications on the time cover be done with negs too?

    Eg, maybe developing it for less time or with chemicals that are for lower ISOs?

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    Originally posted by Zoomer
    Can't the modifications on the time cover be done with negs too?

    Eg, maybe developing it for less time or with chemicals that are for lower ISOs?
    C41 or E6 processing uses standard chemicals. All neg films are processed the same way with the same chemicals for the same time, just as with slide films. This is unlike B&W where you have more developers than films... and you can make homebrew developers.

    It is far simpler to digitally alter the image. Much less work and much faster.

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    Default Re: Nat Geographic.

    Originally posted by sriram
    Remember the huger furore about Nat Geo manipulating images of the Egyptian pyramids on their cover? Poor chaps got blasted so much they ruled that they would never again manipulate their images.
    This is covered in that article as well.

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    hmm why digital photography specifically? airbrushing is still used in wedding portraits leh... white lies siboh?

    I thought First Rule of Digital Photography should be:
    1. Thou shouldst not tempt thy film-brethren about having instant feedback and file management... (lest thou geth whacked)
    "I'm... dreaming... of a wide... angle~
    Just like the ones I used to know~"

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    actually IMHO this is a age-old issue. it didn't start with digital. like denizenx said, got airbrushing, darkroom techniques, slide-copying, slide-sandwiching, mutiple exposure, etc etc. digital just made it a whole lot easier.

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    The problem with the Time article (and forgive me if this has been covered in the link, I didn't read that one) is the nature of the manipulation.

    The whole problem is that there is no such thing as a "correct" exposure in photography. Every human eye perceives things slightly differently. Every camera meter perceives things slightly differently. What may be ideal exposure to you is slightly on the dark side for someone else. And in the Time situation, the question is where you draw the line.

    Admitting to the intentional manipulation does make things clearer in this case, but, to quote the Oracle from the Matrix since it was just on telly earlier this evening, what will really bake your noodle is, what happens if someone decides to bring an action against you for a photograph that you think has been exposed properly and printed properly?

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    Originally posted by Jed
    The whole problem is that there is no such thing as a "correct" exposure in photography. Every human eye perceives things slightly differently. Every camera meter perceives things slightly differently. What may be ideal exposure to you is slightly on the dark side for someone else. And in the Time situation, the question is where you draw the line.

    Admitting to the intentional manipulation does make things clearer in this case, but, to quote the Oracle from the Matrix since it was just on telly earlier this evening, what will really bake your noodle is, what happens if someone decides to bring an action against you for a photograph that you think has been exposed properly and printed properly?
    As Rueyloon proved in his posting of the optical illusion, the human eye can be more easily deceived than the objective measurement of a camera meter or a photoshop eye dropper.

    In these days of evaluative MATRIX metering, auto-levels correction and so on, there is really no excuse to be exposing manually (although I know some pro's here still do it ).

    As Agent Smith said: "Never send a human to do a machine's job."

    By the way, the best way to darken the skin of someone is to use the blue channel. Try it!

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    Originally posted by StreetShooter

    By the way, the best way to darken the skin of someone is to use the blue channel. Try it!
    OT : how abt the opposite??

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