We’ve all done it. Yes, even you. That once 'heinous' act of photoshopping is now a well practiced pastime. Not only do we encourage everyone to spruce up their pics and let them fly, but it can actually be fun to enhance the colors and punch up the composition. Since we’re all about photo editing at Rose Gold Flamingo, let’s take a look at how it’s changed since photography first came around!
The First Photos!
Well, technically paintings were the first photos, and once those were done - they’re done! No editing, unless you get the artist back to your place, put on the same outfit, and pose again. But we don’t see many people getting portraits done like this these days.
Birth Of Photography.
Once photographs came around, editing wasn’t really a consideration. They were long exposures onto photograph paper which, once captured, couldn’t really be altered unless you left them out in the sun for extended periods of time. If you wanted a different picture, you mustered up your patience and stood around for a bit longer to get the next shot.
New technology brought the ability to capture multiple images on one reel of film. The first real editing was born, even in its limited capacity. Without the ability to capture color, all that could be manipulated was the actual shot taken. You could zoom in, over- or under- saturate light exposure, and play around with the image itself - but all in a dark room.
Once you add a bit of color, you start to really see editing take off. Playing around in the dark room with different light, paper, chemicals and so much more made editing far more creative and so much more fun. Camera tech was making it easier to capture truly stellar photography.
And Then Came Computers.
Once the digital age began photo editing changed forever. The first hints of “photoshopping” hit the airwaves and the skills of so many photographers were laid bare with callous judgement. Photographs, by now a well sourced product, had to fit the client’s specifications in order to go to print. Suddenly the idea of “reality portrayed in photography” came into question. Shouldn’t pictures be real? Shouldn’t you sell reality through visual representation? Who really cared if a model has wrinkles or there’s a wrinkle in their shorts? But photo editing was here to stay!
The Main Attraction
Once smartphones found their homes in every pocket, a camera was in every hand and photo editing became second hand. The amount of visual stimuli we intake skyrocketed! Pictures became vital for communicating with each other through social media. Suddenly “photo editing” became a natural pastime - but these presets are “filter overlays”, not a digital nip and tuck, lest we forget the 'thigh gap' fiasco. It’s hard to find a pic online that hasn’t had a filter thrown over it. Ok, I’m not talking about grandma’s feed (but, good for her!) I’m talking about the people you follow. Yeah, their pics have definitely been altered.
Nowadays you need variety. People don’t want to see the same looking pictures over and over again - and once you've seen the same filter a thousand times you know what’s going on.
Spruce up your filter sets with Rose Gold Flamingo Lightroom Presets. We’ve worked closely with professional photographers and some popular influencers to create unique filters for every style. Check them out today and join the Flamin-Gals and Flamin-Guys rocking the Rose Gold Flamingo vibe.