Manipulated Image

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Original

original

The picture I chose for this project features my cat, Vincent, and some catnip from my father's farm.

Curves Adjusted

I really like the effect that adjusting the curves had on the picture. The green leaves of the catnip really pops, as well as Vincent's stripes and eyes.

curves


Black & White

b&w

It was nice to learn how to carry out this simple, yet very powerful effect using Photoshop. I didn't know that there were so many variations on how a black and white photo could appear, based on the levels of black and white saturation.

Partially Black & White

partial

I tried to make the photo look old, like maybe it had been left on the dashboard of a car and became faded in the sun. Overall I enjoy the way it turned out, although I probably could have made it look a bit more faded to make it look more authentic.
I chose to leave Vincent's eyes in color for this manipulation. I love the way that it turned out, and I will definitely be using this effect again in the future.

Color Manipulated

color_manipulated

I wanted to cover up the tiles in the background, as I felt that they didn't really add anything to the photo. Not a perfect job, but it was good practice for getting the hang of the clone stamp tool.

Selection Removed

removed

Going along with Vincent's unamused expression, I decided to put in a picture of my friend's dog, Charlie.

Selection Added

added

I edited the color a bit and added some text that narrates my thoughts on the picture.

Text Added

textadded

I chose a few pictures that I took from about a year ago and just merged them in using the clone stamp tool and the magnetic lasso.

Composite

composite

I created another black and white photo, but chose to make the blacks and whites more extreme.

Optional Manipulation

choice


Photographic manipulation is a very powerful tool that has an immense effect on the portrayal of the media that surrounds us in our everyday lives. For the most part, I think that the use of photographic manipulation is useful, because it allows us to see things that we might not be able to in real life - either because they do not exist, or are not as 'exciting' as they appear in a manipulated photograph. However, in some instances, such as the heavy usage of editing photos of humans (mainly female models) to unrealistic standards, I think that it is a huge problem. When the masses are exposed to these images over and over, everywhere they look, they begin to feel as if those types of bodies are the norm. It sets highly unrealistic (and often, completely unachievable) standards, which leads people to feel inadequate and unfulfilled. I am a staunch advocate for the limitation of photo manipulation on advertisements portraying people, or at least a disclaimer on photos that have been edited.


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