Unwanted tourists? Just 'photoshop' them
There is no doubt that the new release of Photoshop Elements (9) is a powerful tool that continues to bridge the gap between the consumer and the professional versions of the Photoshop software.
What strikes me is the marketing language used in advertising this new release, and most importantly, the ethos behind it.
This is an excerpt from the Elements 9 page on Adobe’s web site:
“Is your photo cluttered with telephone wires, tourists, or passing cars? Make unwanted elements vanish…”
I, for one, perverserly enjoy composing images with as many telephone wires as possible – see image below, challenging the very foundations of photographic composition rules. Let’s be honest, telephone and electricity wires are an unavoidable feature of the urban landscape in many countries, such as my own, Spain. Surely, there must be beauty in them…mmm.
Too many tourists? Well, ask Martin Parr. What would he do without them? As for passing cars, yes, as a keen cyclist I would be the first one to grab the digital pen and mop them off the road for good.
Seriously now, what I find very worrying is how often we are surreptitiously instructed as to how we are supposed to perceive a scene, to see the world. On-going advances in digital technology seem to be the perfect excuse to facilitate the sort of ‘visual indoctrination’ that we are often subjected to by the media.
Do we need a new code of ethics for digital photography, and that goes for software manufacturers too?
Just a thought.