Modern post-processing technology allows us to drastically alter or even fundamentally change images, and this has created entirely new ethical questions about the boundaries of digital manipulation in different genres. This great video features a seasoned photographer discussing his thoughts on the matter and how different situations change those boundaries.
Coming to you from David Bergman with Adorama TV, this thought-provoking video discusses the ethics of image edits. I always find this to be an interesting and ever-evolving topic. Certainly, there are genres with very established rules, such as photojournalism, where only the most minimal edits are allowed for the sake of preserving truthful representation. Other genres are constantly in flux according to the general trends and beliefs of society. For example, as standards of the truthfulness of representation evolve, the sort of retouching that is acceptable in advertising has changed as well. And then, there are some genres in which these standards change even more quickly, sometimes depending on even the client or the audience. These standards often dictate the work of photographers, at least to a degree, and guide the larger-scale evolution of the industry and its associated creative trends. Check out the video above for Bergman's thoughts,