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tepot 13 4.4k United Kingdom
1 Dec 2006 3:07AM
How much manipulation is allowed before an image is classed as 'digitally manipulated'?

surely as every image that is uploaded has been manipulated to some degree, i.e curves, levels, colour cast alterations etc makes ALL these images 'digitally manipulated'?

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StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
1 Dec 2006 3:29AM
Nine is the limit Terry, go beyond that and you're risking devastation.
joolsb Plus
13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
1 Dec 2006 8:07AM
I went to ten once and I still have the scars...
User_Removed 13 17.9k 8 Norway
1 Dec 2006 8:12AM
All mine have '11'...

Boyd Plus
14 11.2k 11 Wales
1 Dec 2006 8:17AM
General guidelines are that an amateur or keen enthusiast should never go further than eight, a professional with a dedicated first-aider, a hardback edition of CS2 For Little Fingers and easy access to fire extinguishing tools can occasionally try for ten.
These are only guidelines created under laboratory conditions - so, if anything, I'd err on the side of caution and try not to go above six or past the letter F.
nikon5700ite 14 1.8k
1 Dec 2006 8:32AM
I will not attempt to pull your leg like the previous writers and suggest that digitally manipulated is when it doen't look 'real' and ones lack of competance in editing makes that evident. The things you suggest are merely finishing tools for straight photographs and only become manipulation when taken to extreme, such as simulated Sabatier effect achieved using curves.

The whole process of taking a digital photograph can be called digital manipulation if you want to be extreme.
1 Dec 2006 9:15AM
when ?

as soon as you have taken a shot with any digital camera.

Is that a 1 ?
elowes Plus
13 2.8k United Kingdom
1 Dec 2006 9:28AM
Who cares and why? A good image is a good image.

I believe many 'photographers' seem to be thinking 'inside the box brownie'.

Rather than thinkning 'I'm taking a photograph' they should be thinking 'I'm creating an image'.

It is the result that counts.

I do draw the line at brown coloured filter effects though.
1 Dec 2006 9:38AM
I would say it's exactly the same point as before when an image was classed as "Darkroom Manipulated".

1 Dec 2006 9:52AM
All images you see on the internet are digitally manipulated 1 way or another.
ade_mcfade Plus
13 15.2k 216 England
1 Dec 2006 10:08AM

(holding hands out like measuring a fish)
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
1 Dec 2006 10:13AM
But is it a big fish or a tiddler?
joolsb Plus
13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
1 Dec 2006 10:46AM
Need you ask??? ;o)
StrayCat Plus
13 19.0k 3 Canada
1 Dec 2006 6:19PM
When manipulation can be described more as molestation.
nikon5700ite 14 1.8k
1 Dec 2006 7:09PM
What's a Mole Station .. didn't know they travelled by train, or is that the Underground?

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