Nowadays, we can’t trust that a photo is really a photo, because there are many AI-generated images looking like photos. 😅
Even 20 years ago, it was possible to replace the sky, add fake reflections on water, etc. by using a layer mask in Photoshop, but today these can be done with the click of a button or two!
I come from graphic design background with extensive Photoshop skills, but when it comes to photography, somehow I’m quite a purist. 😅 I don’t do any excessive editing or composites, let alone using AI tools.
Photography to me is all about self-satisfaction. I just love the experience of being at a waterfront cityscape photography spot in the sunny evening, patiently waiting for the right moment to shoot a single long exposure photo at the peak of blue hour.
It’s not every photography outing that results in a photo worthy of a place in my Home Gallery (very seldom, actually 😅), but that’s part and parcel of photography life that I’ve come to accept. I don’t want to replace an undesirable sky with a pretty one and showcase it like I’ve captured a masterpiece.
To me, there’s no satisfaction in doing that. I’m a photographer shooting #RealPhotography, and I can’t be proud of what I didn’t shoot.
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