As anyone familiar withÂ the web would soon realise, the prevalence of Â 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 alteredÂ 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 overlayÂ – 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 discoveringÂ the mood of my photosÂ through colours and exposure, but intense photo-manipulation such as this is another level of dedication to the craft, requiringÂ 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 byÂ trying to use the trackpad instead and wastingÂ twice the amount of time as a result.
Anyway, I’m featuring some specialÂ items in this dressy outfit! I picked out thisÂ pretty floral dress from ZafulÂ a while ago (check out their collection ofÂ printed dresses). The slingbacks and super cute camera bag are also newly-acquired, and somehow add that perfect amount of popÂ to the statement piece.
Outfit photos assisted by Ottie.