When professional editors adopted photo manipulation, there was a thin line between its usage and actual needs. Now there is more clarity. Every professional needs to know the right way of usage to remain within the law.
Whatever might be the source from which obtained an image you need to process and manipulate it to a certain extent before it is ready for the usage it intends to serve. Whether you obtained it from the web, purchased from a photographer, or clicked it you every image has some digital drawback in it that need to be manually removed by using the means of photography manipulation. It may include a wide range of things like altering the size of the file, the resolution of the photo, contents of the image or just basic color correction. Whatever might be your need, you will need software for achieving it. The choice of software will depend upon your budget and skill of using image-processing software. The complexity of the job at hand should also be kept in mind when you are deciding on software.
The availability of software for this purpose can be categorized into a number of segments. Firstly there are web-based tools, which assist you in performing basic photography manipulation. The tools available on these sites are not of advanced nature but tend to suffice the needs of basic picture manipulation by any user. That would include, photo resizing, file format changing, color correction, etc. In case you are looking for more advanced options like cropping and color scheme alterations and focus shifting you should be looking at software with a client version that can be installed on your computer system. Such software can be further categorized as one’s for professional usage and others for personal usage. The software which are intended for professional usage require high levels of skill on the users part and in most cases professional courses. This software for professional usage usually cost a premium. Examples of such software will be Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw etc. Software that can be used for personal and unskilled usages include the likes of Picasa, Gimp, etc. This software tends to be simpler and free of any cost or open source.
There are a number of ethics that are involved with image manipulation. Numerous cases have been reported when professionals or individual users have used photo manipulation for distorting truths or demeaning and humiliating other people or just for fun. Photo manipulation has been put to numerous misuses like morphing of celebrity photos or personal photos for purposes like pornography and blackmailing. While using any photography manipulation or morphing software what should be kept in mind by you is that it should not violate the rights and ethics of someone else. Avoid morphing photos of celebrities or pictures that have a copyright on them. Instances when journalists and reporters have manipulated photographs for various purposes are also widely found. These practices are strictly immoral and illegal in most cases. Severe punishment according to a region’s cyber laws can be dished out to violators. So it is best advised that you should be using photography manipulation only as a mean of personal usage, which doesn’t infringe on existing laws.