This is a remade example of an actual re-retouch. Click to view the original image. Provided by Halftone Studios.
Those photographs were created by the artist. They are his/her intellectual property, their art, their creation, whatever you wish to call it. But the main point is, the art forever belongs to them and that’s not only by law (but more, out of respect for the artist). Which means that due to that fact you, the client, are not allowed to change those photographs. Even if you feel you can make them ‘better.’ If you wish changes to be made, discuss those with the photographer.
Now this last statement I’ve written shouldn’t even need be written if people would simply respect a photographer’s imagery. To know that they, the creators of the images, felt that what they produced for you were the photographs that best depicted their art for you, the client as the subject, or you the client as the end user. That you will respect that work and not infringe upon it in any way, out of respect.
The problem though, as we’ve entered into and completely become engulfed by the digital age, everyone now sees themselves as ‘retouchers’. What with all the software available for novices, even such simple ones such as Instagram, anyone can now be a retoucher. A person capable of changing an image into something totally different from what was the original. Yet all without the permission of the photographer.
So, with all this I’ve written, I can only implore all you would-be retouchers to consider this: If you created something, something that you felt was absolutely wonderful, so very special and exactly what you felt was the best you could produce, then, give it over to a friend and a few days later see it completely changed into something totally different, how would you feel? Sad? Hurt? Frustrated? All of these?
Well, that’s exactly what we photographers feel every time you do that to one of our photographs we’ve spent years learning how to produce to be stellar. But worst of all, without even a ‘may I?’ So please consider that next time you’re thinking about adding a ‘filter’ or some other software manipulation to a photographer’s work.
David has been on the blog before. Check out this article to read more. We’ve also used his work in one of our video tutorials. Here’s a link.
If you’re interested in learning from Mr. Mecey, check out his website. While you’re there, his blog, Mecey’s Morsels, is a great resource for inspiring photography and great advice.
The example images in this article were provided by Jenn Ann with Halftone Studios. Thanks for sharing, Jenn!