was Comparing photo boxes
Perhaps this is a question of definition, between “clarifying’ and
"manipulating”. Professional photographers have been “clarifying"
ever since photography was invented. I used to be a museum
photographer back in the pre-digital dark ages, and I promise you I
"clarified” away in the darkroom to insure the very best possible
image of each item in the museum’s collection! That is not cheating -
it is doing a good job.
Today you just do the same thing on your computer.
There is a HUGE difference between legitimately improving an image
in a professional way, and “cheating” by doing what has come to be
called “photoshopping” an image to make it appear to be something
other than what it is.
Correct editing includes correcting white balance, correcting any
color shift that occurred in filming, adjusting levels to correct
for the glare and reflection you get on jewelry, cropping for best
presentation - all an effort to showcase the piece in its best way.
“Photoshopping” is taking reality and adjusting it into something it
isn’t - hiding flaws, adding color that is not there, covering
scratches - that sort of thing. THAT is unethical.
Correctly editing an image is being professional, whether you are
doing it in an actual darkroom (I still have one, by the way) or on a
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