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Poll results: Retouching photos

IT’S A THREE-FER! Our poll on retouching photos has two front-runners with the third right up there in the running. Then there are the…uh…others.

You can see the results for yourself. Pretty clear how those who voted (92 total votes) feel.

Here are some of the comments from those who voted:

“Never is too strong but it should be very very rare.”

“If you would cut it out, (ie right situation, usage, internal style) then ok.”

“I wouldn’t have retouched either of the two photos in the illustration.”

“A slight retouch, as with this photo, is ok. But almost never is my opinion.

“Nothing that would alter photo’s content and/or mislead readers.”

“On submitted photo, I’ll remove a date stamp if I can’t crop it out. That’s all.”

“Retouch to improve image quality only. Content should never be added or removed.”

“Photos should only be retouched when they’re labelled as such.”

“Only if it does not misrepresent the subject or event as it occurred.”

“We crop to remove distracting backgrounds so same applies to retouching.”

“I’ve ‘cloned out’ lettering on a T-shirt that read, ‘I’m with stupid,’ and I’ve reduced cleavage on high school Homecoming queens…even been guilty of trimming down a good friend’s waistline one time for her teacher retirement photo…no harm done! I have a camera. I have Photoshop. Might as well make the best of both!”

Also, check out the running comments that accompanied the original post.

More polls to come.

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Poll: Would you…or wouldn’t you?

I RECENTLY RECEIVED an email from a client asking me to offer my opinion on a few photos of the Pope. One of them was to be used as part of a package for the magazine.

Here are two photos from the batch I received.

My reaction to the top pic was: “I wouldn’t use the first photo of the Pope. Looks like he has a crane growing out of his nose!” I also didn’t like the fact that the photo was mostly of the Pope’s back.

On the second photo, I commented: “I retouched it a bit (see retouched photo, below) to take some of the distracting smudges out of the background. Don’t know if you have a policy on that. I think the retouched shot is a lot cleaner, but I leave the decision on its use up to the two of you.”

My problem with the unretouched photo was that it looked like the Pope had a growth or whatever emerging from the top of his arm. And, I reasoned, this was a feature photo, not a timely news photo that couldn’t be altered in Photoshop.

What are your thoughts? Retouch? Don’t retouch? Occasionally? Never?

Take the poll. Let us know what you think! I’ll report on your responses in an upcoming post.

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