NOT A FAN OF PHOTOSHOP
EDITOR’S NOTE by Ben Yosef | Editor-in-Chief [March 2014 to Dec 2014]
For me au natural is the way, and that goes for photography as well. I see so many magazine covers that are totally over edited. So many feature spreads that are so “shopped” that the subjects photographed look almost cartoonish.
I personally believe in capturing the true natural essence of a subject when photographing them. Sure, we all have various “imperfections” but that is one of the beautiful things about all of us.
I have photographed many models and athletes and just about all of them had some sort of feature that may have distracted from the image I was trying to capture. In order to adjust for this I will tweak the lighting, shooting angle, pose, etc… I rely on natural factors in order to get the most photogenic image. I do not rely on a software program to “fix” my image which would ultimately produce an unnatural portrayal of the subject. For example, If a model has stretch marks that at a certain angle will be distracting, then let’s switch the angle. Even with the adjusted angle, the model is the same. If I were to edit out the marks then that isn’t real.
Ok, so I recently received some images slated to be used within this very magazine and the photos were VERY LIGHTLY re- touched /edited by the photographer. The stunning athlete looked absolutely perfect except for what looked like a ruptured blood vessel on her lip. I asked the photographer to edit that out. For me, this sort of thing is a rare exception. Light editing, not a major overhaul of facial features, body contouring, or reshaping.
I personally do not own any extensive editing software or programs. That being said, photographers and artists who choose to do extensive editing of their subjects have every right to do so. I am not hating on anyone.
As for MiBoLife Publishing magazines (Natural Bikini, Natural Mag, Natural Gainz) you won’t see any majorly airbrushed or “shopped” images. I have actually sent photographs back to photographers or just omitted certain images that were too “done up.” I am very serious about this “natural stuff”.
-ben yosef editor-in-chief
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