Photoshop, Photos and Ethics: Softball
Written by Bill Hankins
Sports shots typically need a ball in the picture. To the far left are two of about 50 shots I took recently at a local softball game. The first shot is sharp with good action, but no ball. The second is not a peak moment, but the ball is sharp. Presto/chango! I took the ball out of one picture and put it near the bat on the image above. I did this in about five minutes; a little longer and it would blend even better. Ethical? No. I would not run this composite photo and call it reality. If I cannot capture an image to be proud of while I am in the field, I am surely not going to be proud of an image I have manufactured on my computer. Truth matters.
Another lesson here: By shooting 50 images at the game, I had four or five hitters with the ball close to the bat. Shoot a lot. Give yourself some choices in editing and you will not be drawn to the edge of an ethical cliff.