Action photography doesn’t always lend itself to perfect composition. I definitely still keep an eye out for simple backgrounds and angles for my photos, but sometimes things (or people) sneak into the shot.
Now, most of the time I consider myself a purest. I don’t edit photos beyond some simple clean up. However, in the interest in furthering my knowledge during my trial of Photoshop Elements 8.0 (PSE) I decided to get a little crazy. This is a recent photo of one my favorite basketball players (aka my son). I wanted to capture Joe shooting all by himself and remove the other kid in the background. It’s not a perfect result, but that’s mostly my inexperience. PSE allows you to cut and paste, to clone and fill parts of the background and buff out the rough spots. It’s great for making that almost perfect photo, well, perfect.
You can also use these tools to add a person to a photo that wasn’t in the original. While I can appreciate the coolness of this technology….I’m not a fan of creating a “photo” of something that never really occurred. Photos are a way of preserving our memories and history, so I hope that when people use these tools, they admit to having significantly doctored the photo.