Filtering: how much is too much?


posted on 2nd of march, 2013

Hey everybody,

recently I uploaded this image which is one of my favourites of my recent shoot. It is the Capelo do Ferrel in Portugal (image ID 29327797). I added a slight filter on it to bring out the white of the walls and the clouds against the blue of the sky.

I know I'm opening up a can of worms here and I am aware of the different opinions circulating on various photography forums, but I wonder how much filtering is too much.

The reason I uploaded this image was because I see a lot of pictures on DT with serious filtering so I didn't think anything wrong with it. Obviously the pic was accepted, so I must've been doing something right.

I've also heard the opinion that the filtering should be left to the editor who purchases the image rather than the photographer...

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Comments (3)

Posted by Keremgo on March 09, 2013
That's why I like about DT since the beginning. They allow creative touch. And artists I've seen here so far are really an elite group of people with some seriously great taste.

While you questioning yourself - like the most great artists in history always did - you are actually taking even more steps forward to improve your skills. Which many people I know of would envy!

This photo is really a top quality one already with its composition and angle of view and your artistic touch added a wonderful feeling of depth and atmosphere.
Posted by Egomezta on March 03, 2013
I guess there are all kind of buyers, that's why DT accepts filtered images. By the way your image is very nice, good luck.
Posted by Robinstockphotos on March 03, 2013
Well I think DT should allow filtering if it is technically perfect and has a very high stock value. The over-filtered rule shouldn't be applied everywhere.
Not all buyers can filter the photos themselves. If they could, they would all be designers or something, right?
Those who buy using subscription most probably know how to edit because they spend so much on photos. But those who buy using credits are those who need the direct thing. They need very specific things actually. Go through the photo requests area, people can't remove text or invert an image or crop out a region either.

My suggestion, if any admin reads this:
There should be a tree structure. If someone wants to upload one original image and a series of filtered ones, they should be contained under the same photo. The search should turn up only the original unfiltered thing but after opening the download page he/she should find other filtered versions....like one HDR, one with soft focus, etc.
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Woohoo! Reached 50 approved images! I can compete in the assignments!


posted on 8th of march, 2013



Hey people,

just wanted to share this milestone. The pic on the left is my 50th approved upload! That means I can now compete in the monthly assignments! I guess where all moving forward step by step in this is just a small step in my development.

The pic itself is not so special. I got a bit bummed out when they rejected a photo of broken glass earlier, so I made it a mission to get some good shots of a broken window. And here they are!

If you have the time, please check out my portfolio and let me know what you think. I will be uploading regularly from now on, so be sure to come back every now and again.

Kind regards to everybody.

Marcel Admiraal

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Posted by Miraclemoments on March 14, 2013
Well done an good luck with the assignments
Posted by Keremgo on March 14, 2013
Congrats! :)
Posted by Kezza53 on March 10, 2013
Congratulations! :)



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