20 January 2018
When people look at historic photographs they assume that these photos are of the historic moment. The people want to feel apart of history when they look at photos, they don’t want to know the process behind taking these photos. Once you know what's going on behind the photo the magic is ruined, no one wants to know that many photographs are replications of the moment or that the photographer moved something in the picture to make it look better. Even in the times of darkrooms photos may not have been of the moment but people will still believe it is, now with the digital process people believe that digital photos are not as genuine as older photos.
With digital photography the photographer can edit pictures after they take it. This can mean easy color corrections, being able to remove blemishes, and other subtle editing tools, if a photo is edited to heavily then people will notice it. Photo editing software is not a tool to create fake photos. Fake photos might not even exist because everything is edited and changed to create a better photo. The new digital process of taking and editing a photo is easier for the photographer they don’t have to spend hours in the darkroom to develop photos.
Digital photography is just the next evolution of photography. People make assumptions about digital photography being less real than older photos and that's not true it's about the same level of realness. A photographer does not go throwing in a digital alien in his photos when its supposed to be of an event, but the photo might be edited to look better or be a recreation of an event. Older photos are like that too in the essay : Icon a Fact, Fiction and Metaphor by Philip Gefter he states that the famous picture of rosa parks on the bus is taken a year after her historical moment. Older photos are about the same amount as real as newer ones. It's really difficult to capture the original moment because most of the time no one knows what's about to happen and it is difficult to get not only an original picture but a good one as well.
When people think about photography they don’t think of sitting in a dark room for hours and hours or even sitting at a computer trying to create the perfect lighting for your picture, the think of what is going on in the photo and only that. It’s probably best that people don’t know what goes on before and after the photo because it only leads to disappointment. Digital photos are not fake but the evolution of darkrooms making it easier for the photographer and less time consuming as well.