This ingenious video has gone viral as the true level of photoshopping to manufactures 'beauty' is exposed. In this clip, we see 6 hours of photoshopping sped up to fit into a 90 second clip. All of these hours of work has gone into creating just one perfected image of a model.
We all know that the models that we see are fake. Some of us don't like to acknowledge this or we simply don't care. Personally, I am not against photoshopping images-- as photographers we often create a world that is more vivid and interesting than the real one that we live in! I love when videos like this come out, though, as they remind us all that models and the like are not realistic role models for us to try to emulate. Hopefully if that message is shared enough, image conscious people will not go to extremes to try to replicate photoshopped features from magazines.
This level of editing technology is ironic - it creates a society obsessed with beauty and trying to look perfect in the real world, yet the models we aspire to can be less and less beautiful or perfect themselves now because whatever they need to look like can be created with clicks on a screen.
As photographers, our choice to distort reality works on a sliding scale... maybe we use a polarizing filter on our camera lens or adjust the color settings from standard to vivid... or maybe we spend hours photoshopping our image, as we see in this clip. To me, it's all a manipulation of the truth but it just depends how far you choose to go. For my own work, I like post-editing that accentuates the beauty I saw in the shot, without going so far as to make the beauty of that shot into something it was not when I saw it.
Do you think photoshopping has gone too far? How much photoshopping do you think is the right amount?