When are photos, NO longer photos?

5 months 1 week ago #654700 by Doug Taylor
Hey fellow post processing practitioners.  The question is rather straight forward for me today.  With post processing being used my nearly all.  At what point does a processed photo not longer classify as being a photo?

Vs being a composite.   Or what, an image?  


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5 months 1 week ago #654701 by Nikon Shooter
I made a distinction between a photograph and an image
that may not be photographic — or only partially.

Mind you, I have to admit that the fine separation line isn't
only extremely fine at times but also changes place.

For me, in my work, this is a matter of artistry (and ethics as
well) when it come to the wished end product by the client.

Sometimes, as a photographer, I know from the beginning if
a composite will be required — in the trade, it is often spoken
of illustrative photography.

I really don't know anymore but many years ago I was so sure.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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5 months 1 week ago #654714 by garyrhook

Doug Taylor wrote: With post processing being used my [sic] nearly all.  At what point does a processed photo not longer classify as being a photo?

Vs being a composite.   Or what, an image?  


Composites typically mean combining elements from 2 or more sources to create an image. That's no longer a photograph. It's a digital image.

IMO a photograph maintains its integrity. And you can call it a digital image. It matters not. It's about your intent as an artist.


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5 months 4 days ago #655030 by KZAM
Then I'm the odd ball here.  A photo is a photo unless you have severely altered it.  

I don't need no stink'in Signature! ha ha ha
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5 months 4 days ago #655033 by garyrhook

KZAM wrote: A photo is a photo unless you have severely altered it.  


Define "severely altered"?

See the problem here?


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5 months 4 days ago #655034 by Nikon Shooter
The fine separation line isn't only extremely
fine at times but also changes place.

We are considering artistic intent not tech-
nical data… no absolute.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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5 months 4 days ago #655052 by Shadowfixer1
I'm not a photo journalist so I don't know when nor do I care. 

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