Good morning!! I recently learned that some of the major bloggers (no names disclosed) out here photoshop their cuticle lines-- not their cutes, themselves, but the area around them, giving them a perfectly clean look usually achieved by a brush and acetone (right?). It's been upsetting to some, under the argument that nothing's real and how does one compete with someone who photoshops out the flaws; it's seen as cheating. The playing field is not level.
I suppose it's a question of what you want your blog to be in the first place. Is it a competition for you, or are you strictly in it to have fun? I will tell you when I started, I wanted to be big, and some of you know how wrapped up in and discouraged by the passive aggressive competition of the blogworld I got. It wasn't pretty, and while I think, in this female-dominated world, the competitive tendency is always there, reigning that in makes the whole journey so much more enjoyable. I think we all get that, otherwise we wouldn't still be here. But, we all have our moments, public or not.
I don't follow many major blogs, but it does not bother me if some of these gals photoshop. First of all, I'm sure it is a whole new ballgame once you reach a certain point. The more PR contacts you make, the more collections you're under the gun to swatch, depending on what kind of time you have (because we've all got lives beyond painting our nails) maybe it's faster and easier to clean up via computer. It's certainly not as hard on the nails. Perfection as such may be a way of combating the negativity that the internet is notorious for. The more out there you are, the higher the chances internet meanness is going to rear its ugly head. If you give them perfection, what is there to put down?
I get the sentiment, though, really. But we all have a unique flavor to our blogs, and if someone wants the perfection in her photos a computer can offer, well, more power to her. Each of our blogs is unique and personal, and we all have or own flavor. A nice photo is, well, nice, but nothing makes up for good, genuine content. For my part, I photoshop, in small doses. I fix bubbles, specks, hair/fur (which is in abundance, thanks to my Sal Pal), if it isn't too much of a hassle, little things I didn't catch until they showed up in high resolution. I also adjust the lighting from time to time. Is that dishonest, or is it maximizing my pictures to their best? They're still mine. It's still work I've done.
As for the big league gals... they've gotten to where they are through far more than their perfect smile lines. And what constitutes a big name, anyway? Is it all perspective? A four-digit GFC count? Just curious.
Thanks for reading! Filed under "rant" simply because I don't want to create a new tag every time I have a deep thought. lol.
Signed, Happily Photoshopping in City League <3 <3