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The Box of Believability

Image processing can help photographers turn their compositions into masterpieces, but it is easy to take it too far. In this article, Peter Cairns discusses the importance of integrity in photography

When it comes to image processing, there is a thin line between aspiration and desperation. The former sees a landscape photographer – or indeed a photographer of any genre – pushing the boundaries of technology to expand or improve his/her style or impact. The latter sees the same photographer crossing that boundary and free falling towards a reputation based on digital rather than photographic expertise.

I’m in a bit of a quandary. On the one hand, I feel that the incredible versatility of Adobe Lightroom (other software packages are available) is equipping those who are able or inclined to use it fully to improve their pictures through image processing much more than I am able to. On the other, I see so many examples of …

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Peter Cairns

Based in the heart of the Cairngorms, Peter Cairns is an award-winning nature photographer with over 10 years’ professional experience under his belt. He is a founding director of The Wild Media Foundation, the social enterprise behind the 2020VISION multimedia project.

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