Earlier today during my culinary arts class, we got to talking about Photoshop effects and how it changes photos for the better or for the worst. My friend Lysia was dusting color on the gum paste flowers and said, “I was looking at one of those fashion magazines today, and the women in there look so perfect. It disgusts me.”
I asked her why the magazine was bringing up such emotions, and she replied, “Hardly anybody is ever fine with just themselves in a photo; their skin is modified to fit a perfect, blemish free tone, and their makeup and eye colors are always enhanced.” Well, duh! I told her this wasn’t anything new, and that she shouldn’t let it bother her so much.
I can understand why it would, though, because it makes me wonder how much a photoshoot is dependent on the magic of Photoshop. Is it really necessary, though?
How do you feel about the ubiquity of Photoshop?