Communities of Practice Online (CoPo)

Communities of Practice Online (CoPo)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Digital Photography and Computers

While attending a course on Digital Photography, I discovered that for as little as $169 I can purchase Adobe Photoshop which is advanced photo editing software.

While I am excited about the fact that I can now remove redeye and 'crop' my photos to help centre my pictures (I am not the best photographer!) I am not sure I was ready to learn that by using the 'smudge' tool I am able to get rid of my wrinkles, and if I lassoo, cut and layer pictures I can completely change the background of a picture.

While I think these are marvellous tools I am not sure of how I feel ethically about this. Should we be able to alter these images to that extent. When I am participating in a CoPo should I upload the 'real' me or jazz myself up by 'smudging out' the wrinkles'. I could perhaps layer myself beside Tom Cruise and let other participants believe I am his current flame!!!! The same applies for personal memorabilia. - do we want our Grandchildren seeing us for what we really were like or what we wished we were like!

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

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