I improved the color and contrast on one of the photos I entered in a recent quilt contest. Do other quilters do the same? My quilt photos had been looking washed out – dull colors, flat light, boring. I’m not a trained photo editor, but even I can see some intriguing options in Microsoft Office Picture Manager – color, brightness and contrast, auto correct! I increased the contrast, and slid one of the icons from side to side until my color looked more true to life.
But was I cheating? I read a later post by another contestant lamenting that her photos didn’t look as good as the real project. I thought about giving her a tip about using Picture Manager, but I’m trying to stop myself from telling others what to do.
Here are two photos. One has been touched up, the other hasn’t. It makes a big difference!
What do you think? What do you do? Do those who have access to technology have an unfair advantage? Is photo editing the steroid of the quilting industry? Am I making a mountain out of a mole-hill?
Let me know what you think. In the meantime, I think I’ll keep enhancing my photos. 🙂