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Title: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Poncke on March 09, 2013, 10:03
Do you tell people that complimented your photos .... that the photo is photoshopped and not completely real?

After following Photoshop Week at Creative Live I have been working on some images and posted them on my Facebook and people are just in awe over them. But its a lot to do with pimping the images in PS, and rebuilding them completely. Not sure what to do with that. Do I let them believe what they see, or do I let them know its photoshopped?

Whats your view on this?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: ShadySue on March 09, 2013, 10:15
It's really up to you, so long as you're not trying to pass off a wildlife or hard news story as real.
I usually tell people if I'm doing a talk, or if it's friends. Sometimes I put a note on a Flickr pic if it's relevant.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Poncke on March 09, 2013, 10:32
Well, I have this image of an Irish mountain during the day and made it look like it was night and photoshopped a NASA photo of a big green galaxy into, and said it was a beautiful evening at the mountain, jokingly, as I figured everyone would see it was photoshoped, but people were really believing it was what I saw  that night.

Also I have a photo of Chicago skyline at night and photoshopped the reflection of the city in lake michigan. In the description I mentioned the city with the reflection. I guess thats leading them on.

Should I tell them upfront its all photoshopped?
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: cthoman on March 09, 2013, 11:16
I thought a magician never reveals his secrets.  ;)
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Poncke on March 09, 2013, 11:48
I thought a magician never reveals his secrets.  ;)
I like that
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: disorderly on March 09, 2013, 13:56
I might tell them if I did something particularly significant.  But I'll also tell them if a photo is particularly close to what came out of the camera.  Shooting RAW, there's no such thing as SooC; everything gets adjusted at least a little.  And the great photographers did at least some post processing, sometimes a lot more than some.  As much as I like to get things right in-camera, and as much as I admire those who can create something unreal without much in the way of retouching, I just don't buy the idea that one approach is more correct than the other.  I'm not a photojournalist, and don't pretend to be. 

There's a slippery slope between capturing a scene and creating one.  What I do is more like capture than creation, but I have hopes of moving down that slope over time.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Buzbuzzer on March 09, 2013, 14:03
I tell people that being a good photographer is not enough these days, you also have to be a godd photoshoper...
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: heywoody on March 09, 2013, 14:55
I can't see how it matters in the slightest for a creative image (one where the purpose is to be pleasing to the eye)
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: microstockphoto.co.uk on March 09, 2013, 15:22
There's reality (maybe), and then there's a representation of reality that we call photography.

A lot of things happen in between: lighting, composition, in-camera software, photo-editing and especially our point of view as photographers. It doesn't matter at all where these transformations took place. Photography is not reality, luckily. It would be quite boring.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Poncke on March 09, 2013, 16:43
Thanks everyone. Its nice to see the different views.
Title: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: jcpjr on March 09, 2013, 18:22
The fact of it is almost everything we look at commercially has been photoshop'd to some degree. That's just the way it is. Shouldn't come as a surprise or a disappointment to those that like your stuff. It just shows your dual talent to capture and graphically design/edit. Enjoy the compliments and leave it at that.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: gillian vann on March 09, 2013, 18:39
i posted a photo on instagram last night using iPhone app PIP (lots of fun frames/overlays) and have had a few "wow" comments. I say: just take it. I'm trying to impress ppl to build clients, not impress other 'togs: they aren't going to book me for shoots, are they?
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Poncke on March 09, 2013, 19:35
My OP got nothing to do with impressing other photographers.
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: Zethinova on March 09, 2013, 20:00
Hmm I don't know. I'm an illustrator not a photographer but I have played with images before. Sometimes I guess it could be a good idea to show off the fact that you put more talent into the photo that just taking a snapshot, right? Show off skills.

By the way I love you're gif image it's hilarious! I feel like beating my head against the desk sometimes myself, but then that would hurt... A lot!
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: dbvirago on March 09, 2013, 20:51
If someone compliments one of my photos, I say, "thank you."
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: RacePhoto on March 10, 2013, 02:56
If someone compliments one of my photos, I say, "thank you."

I tell the truth, it's not me, it's the expensive camera and the lens. All I do is push this little button on top.  ;)
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: gillian vann on March 10, 2013, 07:18
If someone compliments one of my photos, I say, "thank you."

I tell the truth, it's not me, it's the expensive camera and the lens. All I do is push this little button on top.  ;)
:) me too, sometimes refer to myself as "the monkey".
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: sc on March 10, 2013, 09:32

ANSEL ADAMS,  AND PHOTOGRAPHY BEFORE PHOTOSHOP
http://whitherthebook.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/ansel-adams-and-photography-before-photoshop/ (http://whitherthebook.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/ansel-adams-and-photography-before-photoshop/)
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: LesHoward on March 10, 2013, 19:54
If someone compliments one of my photos, I say, "thank you."

+1

If they ask any questions about it, I'll answer them. But I don't go overboard with explanations. Why spoil the magic?
Title: Re: Do you tell people that complimented your photos ....
Post by: mlwinphoto on March 10, 2013, 23:10
I've never received a compliment..... :-\