A Photographer Was Shamed for Using Photoshop, but She Showed the Originals and Fought Back
Lilia Alvarado became interested in photography after she had twin daughters. In order to capture the most important moments of her life, she didn’t just take pictures of everything with her smartphone, but instead, decided to create professional photos. Now Lilia is a famous child and family photographer. She regularly shares her works with her subscribers on Instagram and Facebook and even explains how she edits the photos. But recently, some of her subscribers were mean-spirited and left some bad comments on her page. But she managed to respond to them with dignity.
We at Bright Side couldn’t help but tell our readers how Lilia stood her ground and defended her talent.
For starters, we suggest that you look at Lilia’s work. Here are some of our favorites!
Recently, Lilia has gotten some aggressive comments. Some users accused her of using excessive Photoshop and other editing software. Others even refused to admit that Lilia’s work was real. They called them CGI.
Lilia wondered why some people were so against using photo editing software. Don’t edited photos have the right to be called real?
Then, Lilia decided to respond to the criticism. At first, she reminded people that photos have been edited almost since the moment the first camera was invented. Photographers were able to remove the unnecessary elements with chemical and mechanical tools. In the pre-digital era, cameras weren’t able to capture a clear image of an object in the front or background, so the sky always looked like a white spot. Then, photographers started combining 2 photos to get a full-fledged clear image. Here is one of the first “edited” photos by Gustave Le Gray made in 1857.
Even modern devices can’t always capture the colors we see. In order not to store thousands of excessively light or dark images, we can fix them with a photo editing tool. Then, the photos will take us back to the happy life moments instead of being an irritating reminder that we are not that talented.
Also, Lilia said that using Photoshop to deceive people is unacceptable. In an attempt to make breaking news, photographers can make a fake story of the image and show their “victim” from the wrong perspective. However, photos are not supposed to show the real world the way it really is. The point of art is to show the artist’s vision, feelings, and opinions.
Finally, Lilia decided to reveal the original photos to her subscribers. They prove that both photos look great. Lilia doesn’t hide the fact that she edits photos but she only does it to enhance her vision, and not to hide flaws.
Also, Lilia shares photo editing lessons with her subscribers on her website and channel. Bright Side supports her position: modern people watch movies and understand that many effects are made with CGI. But none of them call modern movies “fake”.
If you can edit your work well, it is only an indication of your talent. If all photographers showed the real world in their photos, would we appreciate the art as much?
Tell us in the comment section below if you love Lilia’s photos more before editing. When is using Photoshop unacceptable in your opinion?
Preview photo credit Lilia Alvarado Photography / facebook