Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Parking Lot-ting and Photoshopping


Today, a 14-year-old girl is taking on Seventeen Magazine.
 
Here is an excerpt from a posting on Refinery29.com: Ambitious 14-year old Julia Bluhm is pissed. She doesn't like that Seventeen Magazine uses Photoshop to manipulate its images and thinks it perpetuates an unrealistic model for young girls....Julia Bluhm is going to protest. Outside of Hearst Tower. With a petition signed by 13,000 people.

More thoughts on this below.
Guess Snakeskin Blouse and Anne Klein Heels were both thrifted//Black Cargo Skinnies from Winners//Pearl Earrings from Purple Jade

It's true, excessive use of Photoshop and alteration of pictures - like making a woman's legs a foot longer than they actually are, or making her waist so tiny that in the real world she wouldn't be able to digest food - that's problematic, and may do harm to young women's self-perception. However, is some use of Photoshop ok? Or are we totally anti-Photoshop? If editors and producers edit the people they interview to make them sound smarter/better/more coherent, are some magazines/companies justified in Photoshopping models to present their product in the "best" possible light? I'm just presenting an idea here, not saying this is definitely what I believe. But I would be curious to hear what you guys think.

Are there times when using Photoshop is ok?

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31 comments:

  1. Hi, lovely outfit !
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  2. You look great! Now, as far as photoshop goes... I believe as in anything else moderation is key. I don't believe its okay to thin someones waist so small that its unrealistic, yet on the other hand; I do feel that some use of photoshop is necessary to really make a photo stand out and catch the eye of the consumer for that magazine. Just my opinion.

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  3. I completely agree with Dianna. It is ok in moderation. When I buy a magazine I want it to look it's best and sometimes that means using photoshop and it's a good way to correct mistakes. However I sense an anti-photoshop trend from various sources just lately and I wonder if one day instead of blatantly airbrushing photos magazines will actually proudly display photos that haven't been photoshopped? Hmmmm i think we might be waiting a while!

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  4. Lovely outfit! Always perfect! this red shoes its so nice!!

    Tks :)

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  5. Moderation is the key when it comes to photoshop or any other programs like that Btw: you look so adorale and now I want a pair of red heels:) Have a great day, sweetie

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  6. Hmm difficult question. I only used photoshop once in one of my pictures, and that was to erase the emergency exit sign from the background. :P But changing a persons appearance.. I don't know.. It's not that I'm extremely against it, but I think that it would probably be better if magazines that are aimed at a younger audience do not photoshop their models. These young girls can be very insecure. However, for magazines aimed at a more adult public, I think it is okay. I don't think adults are easily threatened by the looks of a model in an advertisement and that we can actually enjoy a beautiful picture, without comparing ourselves to it. So in that case, I think it is okay.

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  7. I love the red heels! they are amazing!

    xx

    Laura

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  8. You look great and what a fun experience!

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  9. beautiful outfit, natasha! still searching for my perfect red pumps :)

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  10. Love the color green as the backdrop and of course love your shoes!

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  11. Love the look chica! I need that top.

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  12. I'm not totally against photoshop - in fact, using it here an there in moderation makes a picture so much better. But when it becomes unrealistic thats when its usage needs to be stopped.
    Love how the red lipstick looks on you :)

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  13. I think its great to see more younger people taking a stand in what they believe but I am totally not against using Photoshop. As a Magazine reader seeing women look their best is the whole attraction of looking into a magazine and you should feel more secure with yourself by not needing to see others imperfections. In my opinion that's like saying you shouldn't wear makeup because they're not showing the real them. Al thought I don't agree entirely with her I respect her ambition :]

    I really love your shoes!!

    xoxo
    terra

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  14. 1st - I really like this look. The touches of red are perfection.

    2nd - I think the photoshopping has gotten out of hand. If you can't make your photo work w/out it, how do you call yourself a professional photographer? I'm sure any photo will look good photoshopped so why not just use amateurs, save some $ and photoshop the shit out of it?

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  15. hey natasha, you look wonderful in this outfit :-))

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  16. I think the photoshopping debate really all comes down to a)type of alteration and b) amount of alteration.

    I'm fine with minor corrections like removing blemishes, or smoothing out some minor wrinkles in a garment. I'm not fine with serious changes to body proportions or weight. It has already caused a serious distortion in how our culture views beauty that is not acceptable. In the same vein, I'm fine with some corrections to color to add tint, make color more accurate in bad lighting situations, etc. But it's repulsive that color correction could be used to alter a model's skin tones or racial heritage.

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  17. I think the photoshopping debate really all comes down to a)type of alteration and b) amount of alteration.

    I'm fine with minor corrections like removing blemishes, or smoothing out some minor wrinkles in a garment. I'm not fine with serious changes to body proportions or weight. It has already caused a serious distortion in how our culture views beauty that is not acceptable. In the same vein, I'm fine with some corrections to color to add tint, make color more accurate in bad lighting situations, etc. But it's repulsive that color correction could be used to alter a model's skin tones or racial heritage.

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  18. Love your blouse!!!!! So cute and those red pumps, yes please!

    xoxo,
    Rachel
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  19. If I break it down into re-touching vs. photoshopping I definitely fall in to to yay re-touching, nay photoshopping. Altering people's bodies (making them appear thinner or having perkier bits) is just wrong. But smoothing out some uneven skin tone or removing shadows or armpit stubble is acceptable in my mind.

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  20. Love those pants, and your awesome red shoes!

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  21. Cute outfit!!

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  22. Really? what does a fourteen year old need photoshopped anyway??
    I can understand it on older women, we want to believe that our celebrities are ageless and use tons of makeup tricks along with the photoshop... I do agree it's gotten a bit out of hand, but I think we are all so aware of it at this point in time, that it almost doesn't matter.

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  23. I love the outfit and that green background.

    Nora

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  24. Love the outfit, I'm totally against photoshop in an unrealistic excessive manner. If it's for blemishes or something that's fine. I wouldn't want someone to meet me and be completely shocked at the way I really look haha.

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  25. love your outfit from head to toe!!
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  26. I'm all for using Photoshop to make the quality of a photo better - increasing the brightness or contrast, making certain colors look as good in photos as they do in real life, erasing things in the background like cars. Where I'm opposed to Photoshop is when it's used to alter the way a person looks - shrinking waists, elongating legs, enlarging breasts, etc.

    And I agree with LyddieGal's comment above that most people are aware of all the Photoshopping that goes into magazine photos these days, and maybe it doesn't matter so much. I've reached the point where I assume every image of flawless skin that I see in a magazine has been airbrushed, and it no longer makes me envious that my skin doesn't look like that because I know it's not real.

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  27. love everything about this outfit ...
    ... thanks for your lovely wishes... :)

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  28. I love your long hair and red shoes.

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