What’s up with all of the Photoshop-related controversy in the last few days? Yesterday, I kept hearing about the Spanish magazine that completely altered Lena Dunham’s body shape for their cover, as if it wasn’t sexy enough already, I mean who wouldn’t want to see her on TubeV Sex? The day before that, I read an article on Cosmo’s Snapchat Discover feed that Jennifer Lawrence has a number of moles on her neck and chest…but that you’d never know it, based on magazine covers and movie posters.
Obviously, this isn’t really a “new” issue in the world of fashion. If you’ve seen a pretty picture in a magazine, poster, or on the Internet, the odds are, Photoshop was somehow involved. Like so many things in life, I believe that it’s a tool best used in moderation.
But, what about fashion bloggers and Photoshop? A quick Google search told me that some bloggers get a lot of hate for allegedly being too heavy-handed when they use Photoshop. There’s been accusations that some fashion bloggers enlarge their breasts, elongate their legs and slim their thighs before posting photos of themselves on their blogs or social media channels. While I think it’s a bit ridiculous and frankly, kind of sad that bloggers feel the need to make these changes to their photos, I don’t really understand all of the hate. If you’ve got the time and the skills to alter your photos so dramatically, what do I care? All the power to you! I just think it’s easier to throw on a pair of heels when I want to look taller…but that’s just me.
Don’t get me wrong, I use Photoshop on a regular basis, but I don’t touch any of the tools that can be used to alter my height or shape. I tend to stick to smaller changes, like adjusting the brightness and saturation of my photos and I occasionally use the photoshop color wheel if I need to. To me, these small edits make my photos look more crisp and fresh but don’t make me look unrecognizable. After all, I want people to still be able to recognize me if they see me in real life! I’m also a fan of the sharpening tool and sometimes the burn tool to brighten up backgrounds, but I use those mainly on my product shots.
I know that some bloggers may feel the need to break out the healing brush to smooth away fine lines or blemishes. I tend to leave those tools too, but every so often, I’ll make an exception. For instance, if I have a nasty pimple in the middle of my forehead, I’ll probably erase that out of my photos. If I have a long hair hanging off my necklace, I’ll definitely remove that from my photos. Again, that’s just me. I don’t care about what other people do to their photos!
I work really hard to keep my voice authentic, and take pride in the fact that I write the way I speak. Since I don’t fake my tone of voice, or my opinions, I don’t feel like it’s appropriate to fake my appearance.
Photography by Cory
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What are your thoughts about fashion bloggers and Photoshop? Do you get upset when you come across a blogger who’s manipulated her photos to a certain degree?