As anyone familiar with the web would soon realise, the prevalence of digital tools to futz around with images often results in the need for skepticism when it comes to viewing photographs. The point of contention in whether a photo is drastically altered usually boils down to the question of: is it a product of the digital darkroom or digital manipulation? Surprisingly, as I found out after taking a couple of film photography classes back in school, the answer is kind of a middle grey (geddit?) There is a lot of manipulation you can do in the traditional darkroom – burn, dodge, blur, crop, even overlay – it blew my mind just how much the ubiquitous cry of ‘photoshop!’ is based on physical techniques. However, digital manipulation takes this concept of editing one step further, as I attempted to do in this floating photo by erasing the chair that I was balancing on. Ugh. Much clone. Very effort. So tired. Ugh.
Post-processing is usually pretty meditative for me; I enjoy the process of discovering the mood of my photos through colours and exposure, but intense photo-manipulation such as this is another level of dedication to the craft, requiring time that I’d rather spend on other things (like sleep). Once in a while is fine though; it’s nice to practise and experiment with techniques. I even learnt a few things which I should take note of in future shots:
One: Do not sit on the fabric – it’s gonna look weird after removing elements from the photo.
Two: Work out and get some abs to sustain my poses… or be at peace with flopping on the floor like Magikarp.
Three: Wacom tablets are there for a reason. Don’t be lazy by trying to use the trackpad instead and wasting twice the amount of time as a result.
Anyway, I’m featuring some special items in this dressy outfit! I picked out this pretty floral dress from Zaful a while ago (check out their collection of printed dresses). The slingbacks and super cute camera bag are also newly-acquired, and somehow add that perfect amount of pop to the statement piece.
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.