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Are photo editing programs ruining the beauty of natural photos?

Isn't the increased use of photo editing programs making our photos imaginary or unreal?
Should we use these programs to make our photos look good even if they are not?
Is the use of photo editing tools decreasing the quality of photos?

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    Dec 13 2011: It's the age-old dilemma, isn't it. Do we blame the tool or the one weilding the tool?

    Honestly, the *short* answer is 'no'. An emphatic 'no', to be precise.

    To 'properly' capture an image, whether it be in analogue or digital form, one needs to do so using a 'negative'. Most people don't realise that digital negatives STILL need to be 'processed' in the way analogue ones did (and do).

    Digital editing programs do nothing other than shift the darkroom from the outhouse or shed, to the bedroom or dining room (or home office) *smiles*

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