Do We Create Photo in Our Own Image?

Hey it’s time time for another question. So, the last time, a lot of people came out with a lot of interesting answers. And because of that I want to ask more about photography opinion.

It’s okay, right? Of course it’s okay. This is my blog, I can do whatever I want.

So here is today question:

Do We Create Photo in Our Own Image?

I have been thinking about this for a while. Whenever I take a photo, it doesn’t end up the same as the real one.

For example, I photograph a city road with a lot of building, but I only want the road. So I get rid of the building in post-processing.

Then in my time, I started thinking. Is it right to do it?

Because a lot of people photograph things in the way it actually look like. But not me. I want the photo look exactly as I want to be.

So here is the question, should we create photo in our own image or should we keep a photo so it can reflected what it actually look like?

Basically its the same question as, do we take a photo or do we create a photo?

8 thoughts on “Do We Create Photo in Our Own Image?

  1. I think both ways are valid, even if very different in purpose. I mainly like to express “myself” through the photos I take, and endlessly edit and remake afterwards. But l also appreciate trying to present things as they look (to my eyes, anyway 🙂 ) Especially in portrait photography, I owe all my respect to the model depicted: body and spirit –but this also requires often some post-edition–.

  2. Interesting question. The majority of my photography is landscapes. When shooting these I am only thinking how can I make this shot so real that people will think they can walk right into it. When looking at the shot I ask myself how can I enhance this image so the effect will touch those that look at it. I guess I would say I create photo to enhance the image.

  3. We do both, do we not? Taking and creating is a sliding scale between, capturing an image, editing, and then creating, manipulating, or interpreting the image to create a final image that takes into account our purpose in capturing the image in the first place. And of course, the sense of emotion or feeling we have about the image and the emotions or feeling we want to convey.

  4. The work belongs to the artist. The image exists in service to the creative vision. Unless you are a documentarian wishing to preserve the capture for historical purposes. You can always do both!

  5. I tend to think people create photos rather than merely take them.
    From the moment the shutter is activated it is being “processed” or manipulated in camera depending on settings.
    Additionally I imagine the number of photos that escape any form of post editing are infinitely small.

  6. I find that most of my photographs are not what I expected them to be when I pressed the shutter, either because I didn’t pay enough attention to the camera settings, or my camera isnt good enough for the scene, or I was just in too much of a rush. If I let enough time pass before I look at what I actually captured, I find something different, something I might like! Thats when I start over, looking at it with fresh eyes, and see what I can make of it. Someday I hope to be “good enough” to get the actual photo I see when I point the camera ?

  7. I try my best to take photos the way I want them to turn out. I often find that when I edit them too much, they stop looking real and often look nothing like the scene I thought I took. I adjust contrast and brightness slightly where I can. There are a few photos that I spend more time on. Sometimes, if the photo is a bit blurry, I may increase the blur for more artistry. But, yes, we do make the image we think we see and want others to see. I have a very large discard pile from my attempts.

  8. It depends on your intention. Sometimes you’re trying to craft something perfectly to match an idea, other times you want to capture a scene as it is.

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