Voices from Russia

Sunday, 5 June 2016

5 June 2016. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a Friend! (And a Short Discursus on PhotoShop)

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This was originally on vK with a Russian text. What to do? What else? Open up the photo-editing software and get down to work, kids! Every image on this site goes through photo-editing (“PhotoShop”). There are things that one NEVER does with PhotoShop… you never eliminate someone and then claim that they weren’t there (you can eliminate unnamed underlings to stress the main actors, but only if you must). You can’t put someone else’s head on another body. You can’t add someone to an image to insinuate that they were somewhere where they weren’t. However, you can spiff up brightness levels, pump up colour vibrancy, and correct skin-tone aberrations. You can also remove minor “irritants” such as glaring lights or a hanging wire, so long as it doesn’t impair the image’s integrity. In this image, the Russian text overlapped the cup, which required some careful cloning to “repair” the cup.

Photo-editing is an awesome tool… however, be aware that not all parties are as responsible and careful as yours truly… have a care particularly with rightwingers and apparatchiki… they believe that “winning is the only thing” and that chicanery is legit as long as one doesn’t get caught at it… they have no morals or scruples (as one can see on Fox News or Breitbart.com). Remember the recent anti-Planned Parenthood videos? That proves my argument. Technology is a wonderful thing… but have a care, there are unscrupulous partisans out there… so long as they benefit from the charade, they won’t cavil at it. The times aren’t good…

BMD

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