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Digital Manipulation – Is it Art?

The widespread adoption of digital cameras and photo-editing software provides the opportunity to correct colour casts and exposure problems as well as make image enhancements. It also allows the photographer to radically alter images. The end product may bear little resemblance to the original image and may even become completely abstract. Colours can be dramatically changed and images distorted in a multitude of ways. Is it art? I believe it very definitely is. It is conceptually little different from the manipulation of traditional photographs in the darkroom during processing and printing. The photographer must still decide on the changes he will make, select an image to work with and accept or reject the result. The final image is very much an expression of his artistic talent.



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