Stacey Lynn Payne

Shelton, United States

I am a digital designer, wife and mom, making a living with my photography and illustration. I love nature and I love Adobe Illustrator. :)

Are you a purist?

Are you a photographic purist?

I have some friends who believe that a photograph should never be touched after it comes out of the camera, whether film or digital.

I disagree.

I’m a digital artist. I have formal training in photography and even then, back in the 1980s when I was in the darkroom so much, we learned darkroom techniques, exposure techniques, filter techniques and more to manipulate the image for creative or corrective purposes.

Today we use Photoshop and other fancy-schmancy software and plug-ins to manipulate our images. As you can see from my portfolio, I don’t do many things to change my images, I just marry several bracketed exposures to create the perfect lighting, change or saturate colors a little bit, or whatever I need to do to make the image appear to me, on my monitor and on a print, the way that it looks in my mind, the memory of the situation.

Some people hassle me about using Photoshop to change my images — but I am of the school that my camera isn’t perfect and I have other tools to create the image I want.

What do you think?

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