Thrift Store, Idaho City, Idaho
Almost (exactly) a year ago I posted about a photograph that I would “maybe someday” try to fix with photoshop. (You may read about it here. ) Well, I finally got around to that a few weeks ago and as you can see, it turned out pretty well. The offending branches on the left of the photograph were removed with a combination of photoshop’s content aware fill feature (a function I consider magical) and a good old fashioned cloning stamp. It doesn’t look too bad and it didn’t take a whole lot of time. Sadly, the kerosene lantern in the uppermost left pane disappeared, a casualty of the technological fix.
So the question is how much time should you spend hunting for old photographs to “fix” with photoshop? With the limited amount of time any of us have to pursue photography, is it a good use of time to delve back into the archives to see what can benefit from being “photoshopped?” Should marginal photographs be rescued or should good photographs be improved to better or maybe even great photographs. Or would it be a much better use of one’s time and resources to move forward rather than visiting work from the past?