Photoshopping has become a common word used in the media these days. We are living in a time when people are fed up with magazines changing women’s bodies to represent something that doesn’t exist. As a woman who has dealt with insecurities about my own appearance especially in my teen years I understand the anger. It makes me angry too. These women are already beautiful, why make them fake? But does this really mean that using Photoshop on an image is bad? Absolutely not!
A professional portrait is not professional without editing. However that does not mean that we should be modifying bodies unless a clients requests it. Photoshop has numerous wonderful editing tools that doesn’t change a how a person looks whatsoever. Would you really want a professional portrait that shows your acne and doesn’t have your skin tones blended? I wouldn’t. That is part of what you are paying for in a professional portrait. That is a standard part of what I do for all of my portraits.
The goal however is to get my client looking their absolute best in camera with professional hair, makeup, lighting and posing. That should makeup the bulk of what is done with the editing being only the icing on the cake. Take a look at the image below. The largest contrast is the before and the after shot without editing done. The editing just completes the image with a finished professional look.