Given its vast capabilities and flexibilities, we love using Photoshop for any number of jobs, ranging from graphic layouts (since we don’t remember the Illustrator course we took a few years ago) to subtle photo touchups to over-the-top photo manipulation. We’ve been using it for years, and have the stunning Christmas cards to prove it. For commercial, paid word PhotoShop is basically a requirement, as the end result has been pre-determined. And, when there’s time to play around in it, it’s a wonderful tool for creativity. The point of NotShopped.net, however, is to focus on a photographic discipline that is simple – What you shoot is what you show. We’re active documentary photographers (as often as time and budget allow!). Being self-taught in many ways (just like most photographers), for our documentary work we self-disciplined ourselves to follow the editorial rules of photojournalism from the New York Times, which is essentially similar to most reputable journalists. In our opinion, PhotoShop is neither “good” nor “bad” to use, it depends on the application and the intentions of the user.
It bears noting that, before PhotoShop existed, photos and images were being manipulated in post-processing in a myriad of ways since the first photo was snapped. We’ll be touching on both current events in this discipline as well as pieces from the near and far past that we think you’ll find as interesting as we do.
I’d like to write a longer piece right now but I have to head to the gym. But now that I think about it… who needs a gym when you have PhotoShop?
– Daniel Farber Huang