Are your photos manipulated?” That’s a questions photographers are asked all the time. The digital age has brought an amazing wealth of photographic capabilities – from quick image previews on the back of your camera, to manipulation techniques that allow you to make your photo look like a watercolor painting. Some photographers shun these tools entirely – maintaining that the use of such tools is “cheating” or worse. Professionals and amateurs alike find themselves looking at an image and wondering if it’s “real.”
But the digital age wasn’t the beginning of photo manipulation. This slide show came across my desk this week – and I think some of the more impressive manipulations are actually those that were done long before Adobe’s “clone tool” made it’s debut.