Photo manipulation is creative editing of an image. It‘s used extensively in fine art and even more so in commercial product photography. In fact, most billboards you see today on the street will feature photo manipulation.
Photo editing or manipulation?
There is a thin line between photo manipulation and editing.
Technical adjustment of an image: changing brightness, contrast, making the photo black-and-white, fixing red eyes or removing some blemishes – that‘s all just editing. That‘s what most photographers will do anyway.
However, once it goes past some basic alterations, the image steps into manipulation zone. Image manipulation is pursuing the artist‘s vision with no boundaries. It might present a completely distorted reality. It can mean adding a background element from another image, giving the subject another person‘s face, drawing extra sketches on top of the image or even merging multiple images to one.
Photo manipulation has been used for ethically questionable purposes throughout history. For example, dictators would use photo manipulation to fake political images long before Photoshop was invented.
Before you get commissioned to do product photo manipulation, you‘ll probably do some practise with fine art. Therefore, we‘ve compiled 10 examples for you from Skillmill authors. We hope this showcase will inspire you!
2. Sculpture Model
A stunning piece of art by Manuella Muerner Marioni, an artist from Switzerland whose works have been exhibited all around the world. She has won Leonardo da Vinci 1st. International Prize and other prestigious awards.
This particular piece of art has been exhibited at the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome.
Valentin Paster’s work speaks for itself. This emotional picture features dancers performing the Japanese art of Butoh, a style of dance defined by its very evasion of definition.
Valentin – a photographer from Berlin – strives to capture elemental emotions in his photos. He becomes highly immersed when directing a photo shoot – not your average passive photographer.
4. Selfie Distraction
An award-winning series by an Italian photographer Luca Di Sabatino. It tells a story about our modern-day selfie-obsessed society – and how it can lead to destruction. The series won first prize in photography at the third Art Biennale in Salerno. “Sharing can’t wait. Everywhere: like, share, love, follow…“
“Interested in conceptual approaches to the construction of a photograph, Brede masterfully manipulates the tools of digital transformation to create a picture of an elephant crumbling before our eyes. Conceived as a crumbling edifice, Brede brings to the fore the processes of extinction afflicted upon elephants.“
–– OnGallery, London