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68% Of Adults Won't Share Images Without Editing Them First

Photo editing's no longer just for the beauty industry with 68% of people admitting they 'photoshop' their images before sharing them with others.

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It seems that as a nation, we've got slightly more vein with 68% of adults saying, in a recent survey, that they will not share their images without editing them first. 

Despite recent headlines and backlash against fashion magazines and designers for editing and retouching images, many are opening up iOS and Android photo editing apps, such as Adobe Photoshop Fix, before uploading images to social media sites including Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

58% of those surveyed by Photoion Photography School only use apps for editing photos rather than working in Photoshop or other, more traditional photo editing pieces of software. In fact, the survey revealed that only 1 in 10 adults can carry out edits, other than cropping, without the use of an app and 87% of those who do use editing tools or apps said they tend to stick to pre-set filters when editing their photos. 

Ion Paciu, founder and tutor at Photoion Photography School, said: "Traditional photo editing is a form of art that is rapidly dying out due to the rise of apps. I do think the development of smartphones and devices is fantastic, as they allow everyone to capture images on the go and to an extent edit pictures, however there is no substitute for quality, detailed photo editing and apps like Instagram will never replace this." 

When it comes to perfecting pouts and pictures in cities as a whole, Brighton and Hove proved to be the most popular city in the UK for editing pictures using apps, followed closely by Manchester and Glasgow. Earlier in the year, it was also announced that London beat the likes of New York and Amsterdam to be named the '#selfie' capital of the world and this growing obsession with self-portraits also lead the Russian police to issue safe selfie guidelines to stop people injuring, or indeed, killing themselves when taking selfies.

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Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2015 5:19PM
The digital medium lends itself much more readily to post-processing, compared to what's
involved in achieving a similar result on film in a darkroom.....

In fact digital processing can create results that were simply not possible using an Enlarger
& dodging & burning.......

For me, taking the shot is merely the beginning of a creative process to produce a work of
art, in the form of a stunning photograph, with digital processing a very satisfying way of achieving
the final image, that I am 100% happy with......& if others like my work, that's the icing on the cake !!

I spent many hours in a darkroom in the past, but those same hours in Photoshop (or similar)
are so much more world would be a mundane place, without my photography
& post processing, I am besotted by it !!!Grin
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2015 12:07AM
I have to admit, having read the article I am not 100% clear as to what the story is about. Poor reporting me thinks...

I suspect the point here is that the editing does not relate to a creative process, but rather a process of vanity associated to self portraits rather than other image types.
sandwedge Plus
15 3.8k 3 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2015 9:35AM
I totally agree with Niknut, being old enough to be part of the 'blacked out bathroom' darkroom brigade I am totally absorbed in digital post processing. Anyone who says they only ever use their image straight from the camera are missing a whole world of creative opportunity. Digital photography is a two part process, shooting and editing. And as Niknut has said, if others like the work, its a bonus.

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