Is digital photography robbing the world it's reality?

Is digital photography robbing the world it's reality?
The world looked at making things get better and with technological advancement in the field of photography, almost anything is possible as every picture is perfectly molded to make the subject matter flawless.

If you critically analyze the impact of digital photography, it wouldn't be far fetched saying that it's robbing the world of its reality because most times the subject matter of the photographs looks absolutely different.

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rlpzbeermoney
Photography has always been a way to capture "life". I feel like it's fine to alter a photograph, even to unrealistic standards and unlife -like, as long as it's portraying a message. Photography is also art and it depends on the photography what he wants to convey in his photos. If digital retouching achieves this then so be it. It's just really hard to capture what you want compared to what's available in the real world. Digital just makes it easier to convey that vision.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 12-12-2018
Frank
It wouldn't be anything bad if the subject matter doesn't need it being in it's original form but editing it to make it be so different from what it really seems might be deception. I don't mind enhanced photos but let it what it was intended to be.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
Martin
Yeeah digital cameras are the best when it comes to photography since you can accomplish a majority of what normally had to be done from an external computer.
Posted by Martin on 12-13-2018
Martin
i also believe that the advancements are for the better of humanity rather than them being destructive. Technology assists with numerous tasks and their assimilation into the camera industry is great and more innovations ought to occur.
Posted by Martin on 12-13-2018
mcnasci24
Technology has changed photography a lot. Everything is instantaneous. It is quite common that we share photos of important events in our lives through social networks or have the photos in a digital format, stored in a folder on our computers.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-17-2018
vinaya
There is a distinction between "real photographs" and "manipulated photographs." Both are art forms. Long before the advent of digital photography, photo manipulation existed. Therefore, digital photography cannot blamed for robbing the real world.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
ivandelrey
Good point. In fact I can't imagine any negativity about digital photography. I think photo manipulation and digital photography is just an advancement or evolution to photography but sometimes it's being used inappropriately and when it comes to "robbing reality", I don't think that's an issue.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-18-2018
kaka135
I agree that the photographs will always be different from the reality, but I think photography really helps to capture some life moments, it helps those who experienced to remember the moments and those who didn't to see and feel the moments, so I don't think it's robbing the world's reality, but actually helping. I just think that when we are busy taking the photographs, we should also enjoy the moments and the experiences.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-12-2018
overcast
I have seen that on many apps that it can send the digital images which are having filter. You can see that having some sort of reality in the image is lot better. In such context you can see that such manipulation has to be in limited context. That way the images would be lot better.
Posted by overcast on 12-12-2018
vinaya
while a good photographer can take the best shot, novice does not have that skill, he might use photo filters or even do some touch up through image editing software to create a good photographer. A good photographer is not someone who alters the photo but a person who can capture good photos just with the camera.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
Martin
It also helps in storing them in a manner that the mind itself cannot really accomplish with all the forgetting that people are accustomed with. Cameras offer a source of remembrance before one embarks on the journey.
Posted by Martin on 12-13-2018
theresajane
Oh, that's one great purpose of photography. I'm glad that digital cameras are there to help us treasure the moments that are important to us.
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
mcnasci24
Right? Fujifilm or Kodak have been forgotten (if not for amateurs, professionals of photography or perhaps someone who thinks that the past was always better) and now everything is saved in an SD memory card.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-17-2018
vinaya
If there had been no photo manipulation, we would have never seen the rise of advertising industry. If a photographer can fake reality, that's his creativity. Digital photography has helped in the advent of digital art.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
burgosmichael2407
Not everything that digital camera captured are altered or edited. There are some photos that needs to be retouched to give more life in it for the purpose of art while there are also some raw and unedited photos used to describe and portray the reality.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-12-2018
iambeth
An edited or altered photo is acceptable depending on how the picture will be used. Photos of different destinations being promoted for tourism should not be altered. It would be disappointing if the spots are not the same with the pictures.
Posted by iambeth on 12-13-2018
Martin
the alteration will only bring confusion as well to those that have been given directions and they managed to figure out their way past the crowd.
Posted by Martin on 12-13-2018
vinaya
Retouching is not necessary unless you are using the photo for commercial use. For the photos that you are going to save for your personal pleasure you do not need to retouch. having said that photo retouching is an art form, it brings the creative side of the photographer.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
Franzel2oo
Digital photography deifinitely has a part to play in presenting a false reality. I should say, however, that that is only so because of the photo editing possibilities it offers. We can very well take digital pictures that capture a true reality. What happens after that is the problem. We can argue that this is based on how people see the world today. If things are not fake, people tend to not love it anymore. That's just my opinion anyway.
Posted by Franzel2oo on 12-12-2018
Frank
You're right it seems the world have gone so superficial because people just want to touch up images of themselves and trust technology to give us what we are craving for in overdose. So we might not really blame technology for the fakeness. Humans even prefer it that way.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
vinaya
Digital photography of course has an important role tom play in presenting false reality. However, you have to understand the edited photos as an art form. Leonard Da Vinci painted a real woman, where as Picasso painted woman with a lot of falsity. Both are good artists. same goes with photography.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
amelia88
I think often digital photography highlights the world’s beauty - it’s when a bunch of crazy editing comes in that it can seem otherwise. I think that it’s important to recognize the difference between real and highly edited pictures for that very reason.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-12-2018
Martin
You cannot also dismiss the fact that it helps to give them a clear and high resolution storage option.
Posted by Martin on 12-13-2018
theresajane
Yes, it helps highlight the beauty of nature and other scenic views. But, sometimes, people become so obsessed with editing and when other people see it in social media, they become curious and visit it. But, sometimes, they become disappointed because that's not what they see on photos.
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
overcast
I have seen that normal places are glorified and made to look better. I think if we consider that if real images are taken then you can see that digital photography can be bad. You have to see that people have to stop making use of the fake filters and the images. Otherwise things will surely be getting affected in that context.
Posted by overcast on 12-12-2018
vinaya
The purpose of the photograph also determiners on whether altered photo is good or natural photo is better, If you are using for adverts, altered photographs become must.
Posted by vinaya on 12-13-2018
NerdIndeed
No, I don't think so. The main point of photography is to capture the essence of its subject. As long as it's not enhanced to give false information, I believe that it's okay.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 12-12-2018
theresajane
I agree with you. I think it's in the photographer's side. They do everything to make their picture more attractive to other people's eyes.
Posted by theresajane on 12-12-2018
luv2xacosta
Yes. It's a form of art where photographer have to high light the beauty of its subject. It emphasize subjects and relay it the viewers of what it is.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-13-2018
Vinsanity
It depends on what is being highlighted in a photograph. Pictures taken are sometimes molded to emphasize something about the picture. For example, an american eagle being focused in a photo with a beautiful landscape behind it. The photo is indeed molded but in a good way. The subject in the photo was just emphasized. Sometimes I agree with molding a photograph only robs the reality of pictures. Sometimes, changing the contrast or saturation of the photo does not show what's the reality of the colors or shade of the photos taken.
Posted by Vinsanity on 12-12-2018
Frank
Modern photography because of the technological advancement is stealing away reality from mankind. Sometimes you see an image of a person we know but we can't recognised because of editing of the image. This wouldn't be bad if done in moderation, is just that some people are over doing it.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
iambeth
I agree that some people don't look the same anymore in their pictures. They seem to have had plastic surgery. They seem thinner and younger that you get surprised when you actually see them in person.
Posted by iambeth on 12-13-2018
theresajane
Digital photography doesn't steal the world's natural beauty and reality. It just captures, but the humans who use the cameras do. They adjust their filters, and other settings just to beautiful the photo more. It's just about the people who have the desire to have a great photo by resorting to filters and other stuff.
Posted by theresajane on 12-12-2018
luv2xacosta
Some of us use to photo shop or use too much filter for social media. They use it for their own good in order to look good and get appreciation from their followers.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-13-2018
antonToledo
No, digital photography is not robbing the world of your reality and how does photography rob you of your reality? If I critically analyze, I can say nothing is wrong with this, and people who say that photo robbing you of your reality are just overreacting. Yes, technology has greatly advanced these past few decades and now we can take a clearer picture there is nothing wrong with that! Photography is an art and the photographer has its own right on how he wants to express his/her piece.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-12-2018
luv2xacosta
I like with what you have said photography rob us from the reality. I think that's true. We use photography for our own pleasure and flaunt our skills in front of others that some photographers use a lot of techniques to achieve what kind of masterpiece they want to create.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-13-2018
mitan143
I'm not an expert photography and I have no passion on photography as well. But I do appreciate its contribution to art and how it works as an art especially that it became a digital art now. Well, on the case that it somehow makes the reality fake, the purpose is just to show that despite of having a bad scene behind we can still see it in beautiful view to make some inspiration. I also do appreciate technology improvements nowadays which makes our lives and passion easier and better.
Posted by mitan143 on 12-12-2018
nekonieden
Photography for me is important as this serves as our way to remember things and remind people that there are beautiful places ever created by our creator here on earth. I can say that Photography is an art and I am lucky that I learned this skills as I discovered some of the good things about photography.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-13-2018
luv2xacosta
Photography is a form of art. I don't think it's robbing the reality, it just one to focus or highlight the significant subject that they to show.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-13-2018
knnon
Photograph these days are used for marketing strategies. They're used to promote tourism so that people will be engaged enough to want to visit. If the editing is done minimally then I wouldn't mind, because who'd want to see a poorly taken photograph on a tourism ad? The most they do is change lighting and enhance the image. They also take pictures of a perfect spot. So there's really nothing wrong with it.
Posted by knnon on 12-13-2018
Em14
Photography today is easier than the old one. They captured a photo without so much effort and make it more realistic because of the improving technology today.
Posted by Em14 on 12-13-2018
MomoStarr16
Yes photography today makes easier and even kids can do it. And most of the pictures made by digital gadgets have an edited output already. The reality is taking away by that process in a matter of seconds.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 12-14-2018
emiaj55
Up to some aspects, I wouldn't really say that it is. For me it depends. When edited just look beautiful, like girls trying to be skinny or men trying to be macho, then yeah I think it is robbing the world and themselves of reality. But if digital photography is used just to present a personal perspective of the photographer, then I think it is not robbing. More so, it is presenting the world a different view, as if offering a different dimension that just as beautiful and not so different.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-13-2018
mhingnhormz
Is digital photography robbing the world it's reality: For me not all digital photography do rob the world reality there still some photography that prefer to have the original capture and don't use filters, because not all people also do apprrciate the filtered captured one, some people to appreciate more the photos that full of reality in which you can notice its flaws and imperfections.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-13-2018
ajahcuizon
In my opinion, photography is somehow bringing us to a new perspective in our world. It is true that are using some filters to make the photo more captivating but I liked it more when it is like that. It makes uz to remember how beautiful our world is and we have to take good care of it.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-13-2018
YoloBoy
It kinda depends on how you see the situation. I mean take for example some photographers who want to expose the reality of the world while some just want to edit and make it look all cool and real but in reality it is just fake. Some people even just use this as an advantage to earn money or gain a profit out of something.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-13-2018
Corzhens
Pardon me for saying this but digital photography and even digital video has nothing to do with reality. Maybe your idea is about social media that people are posting their good photos when in fact they don’t look good in person. That is called filter which is an app that can smooth your skin or add tone to your color. But that has nothing to do with reality because there are only a few people who are editing their photos for posting in social media. It is not the standard.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-13-2018
stbrians
Reality combined with digitalised world normally produces fantastic images. Digital photography is here with us. Let us be imaginative.
Posted by stbrians on 12-14-2018
MomoStarr16
If being imaginative then yes it can be a good thing. But when the reality is being replace by edited picture then it is a bad one for us.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 12-14-2018
kaushikangara
Photography has done more good than harm. It has helped us capture the memories that we might look back at any time and rejoice. Photography is an art and a passion. Capturing nature'e beauty is a gift and photography has helped us achieve that.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-14-2018
burgosmichael2407
I don't see any problems in digital photography. I love how they can enhance the photo to make it more beautiful and because of that, we desire to see a real life beauty. Digital photo enhancement or editing are good for me because they are used for advertising and promotion of a particular place. Photo enhancements also make us to make our places clean and beautiful.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-14-2018
MomoStarr16
You got a point there. Lots of pictures nowadays are editted and are too far from the original one. We use applications or gadgets to edit pictures of places and make it the way we wanted it. It is robbing the originality of the certain place.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 12-14-2018
pencilneckgeek
Photography, be it digital or analog has the same purpose, to capture moments, to capture life. When I look at pictures I critic it by how it makes me feel, i don't care about the technicalities and if it is edited or not. Just like other art forms, photography is an expression of one's self and editing is how the photographer further enhances that art. I see no problem with digital photography and I don't see how it is robbing the world of its reality.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-14-2018
mcnasci24
All these changes have generated a gigantic change in the way we perceive the digital world. We have gone from being a written society to a visual one, where the image prevails over any text. We have generated a need to document our lives, not just limiting ourselves to important memories, since now all time, minute and second are important.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-17-2018
Kakashi2020
It really depends on how the photo is edited. I don't like heavily edited photos because it's like taking away the realism off the photo. A few edits is good just to enhance the photo but giving it a whole new look and making it too perfect sometimes makes it unreal looking.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 12-14-2018
gutzman
Sometimes photography captures things a human eye cannot so altering photos is still acceptable as long a it lives for it's purpose. If it is meant to exaggerate things just to emphasize the subject then it is just fine. Capturing pictures via camera also helps people to see and let others to share what they have seen. This way we are able to exchange ideas as long as it won't harm anyone.
Posted by gutzman on 12-14-2018
jaymish
I understand this argument because many of us when we take selfies we have all the filters on. However I get the argument that this is not really reality. My opinion is that normal photography distorts the image is not a true reflection of the image. I think that filters are like make up, you can put make up does that mean that you are not you? Or is that not a true reflection of you?I really don''t believe that. I think make up enhances your looks the same way that digital photography does.
Posted by jaymish on 12-14-2018
tophgreg
I think so because of all the editing and stuff, I.m not all that knowledgeable of it but most of the photos that are published are mostly edited. The pictures that are published are edited in some kind of fashion that alters the original picture. The sad truth is that we edit these pictures to suite our liking and what we want to see thus if we think that the picture is "unaesthetic" then we edit it thus we don't see the picture as it is but of what we want to see.
Posted by tophgreg on 12-14-2018
astraherondale
No. Digital photography serves to immortalize the beauty of the world that can be seen by the human eye. It keeps the beautiful moments frozen in time.
Posted by astraherondale on 12-14-2018
jpk0007
I would like to respectfully disagree with the statement that Digital Photography is robbing us and keeping us away from the Reality. In fact, photo-editing is considered to be an art these days. Sometimes it's better to enhance the pics and make them look more beautiful and presentable. I think that there is no harm in editing pictures as long as they are not harming any individual or done to hide facts.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-14-2018
Denis_P
Do paintings rob the world of their reality? Does art in general rob the world of reality? The fact is that your average person with a regular smartphone isn’t going to capture anything that you’re not going to be able to see with the naked eye.

Digital photography that is meant to be artistic is obviously going to capture the world in a way that you wouldn’t be able to normally see it. One must understand that the photographer is aiming to capture the essence of a moment or scene and distill it to meet something they envisioned or felt in their heart. It’s obviously not going to look the same way in person, simply because you’re not looking at what the photographer imagined or intended when taking the photo.
Posted by Denis_P on 12-14-2018
GeorgeDr
I think on the contrary photography actually captures pictures and scenes that some people would never in their life have had the chance to see with their own eyes and that's magnificent. Yes it's not the same seeing the imagery with your eyes but it's the next best thing nonetheless. It's also a form of art , and art itself is inspired from reality and actually is reality , not in the way it really seems to our eyes but actually to the emotions and the experience it creates.
Posted by GeorgeDr on 12-14-2018
davedaot
I disagree, It doesn't rob the world it's reality, I even think photography makes people appreciate the world more, especially this well taken pictures that makes the people wonder about it, it makes someones imaginations better and it photography really amazes me.
Posted by davedaot on 12-17-2018
Gaince
Photo manipulation was possible in the film days but was really only done by professionals, as you had to manually do things like dodging and burning, or had to double expose the film to add any object that was not in the original shot. The most common type of image you see will see with photo manipulation are portraits as older lenses generally where has a very low effective resolution which naturally hid blemishes on peoples' faces.
Posted by Gaince on 12-17-2018
mcnasci24
With all this panorama of 180º change that has taken place in tech, the facilities with which photography is accessed are incredible; photos can be retouched in thousands of Apps that you can download to your phone, you can alter saturation, balance, apply'filters', among other things. In the same way, almost everyone has a camera on hand 24 hours a day: the Smartphone.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 12-17-2018
cmoneyspinner
To me digital cameras are almost like combining art and photography. I've always wanted to be an artist. I suck at photography as well. But if I had a camera where I could take a photo and then do some touch ups or edits? That's like being an artist with a camera! Sounds cool to me!
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 12-17-2018