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Digital Enhancement and Digital Manipulation

Let’s be clear, there is a fundamental difference between digital enhancement and digital manipulation, the images below of the aurora borealis have been manipulated, two images combined to make one, or the moon (below); impossible to capture during an eclipse I added the moon. Contrary to popular belief Dinosaurs no longer live so I had to add one. And finally the D-Day photo, which I took for an exhibition of UpOttery airfield, the 101st airborne left from there for Normandy in 1944 - The American soldiers were re-enactors and the Dakota was taken a year earlier, (It is the same plane taken twice and pasted six times). Great fun to do, and I enjoy doing it however, most photo competitions do not permit manipulated images.

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I’m talking about digital enhancement, most digital images would benefit from a degree of sharpening, and some from lightening / darkening or even saturating, particularly if using a smartphone as you cannot manually change the settings as you can with a DSLR.

The images below are a little over processed, I have done this to illustrate the point..

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In this image the nose is slighlty out of focus, because I focused on the eyes, these shots were all taken in a 'burst' this opportunity doesnt present twice

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In this image the eyes are out of focus, because i focused on the nose, there is also distracting elements in the image, the hose pipe, the flys, the half a cow.

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First using photoshop I copied the eyes and the ears from the first image and pasted them onto the second, it needed a bit of reshaping.

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Using the clone brush (photoshop) I cloned out the flys on her face, and the blue hosepipe to the left of her.

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Using the patch tool I selected the half a cow on the right and cloned her out of the image.

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Minor adjustments to brightness/contrast and some sharpening of the overall image.

Software

There is a plethora of software available for editing photos, The industry standard seems to be Lightroom and Photoshop, which I currently use, this is available on a subscription based purchasing, at about £8 a month for the basic package, If you use it then its worth it.

There are standalone packages - Painstshop, Luminar, Affinity, Phase One, etc. Which one you choose comes down to personal preference, budget and whether you want to buy or subscribe.

There are free editors too - Darktable, Gimp, Apple Photos, Windows Photos etc. Some are easier to use than others, best to experiment.

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