When upgrading from CS3 to CS4 back in high school, Adobe offered a choice of a free perk for registering the software. From my memory, the options included a free font, series of web tutorials, or a limited version of OnOne’s Photo Tools Suite.
I chose the latter option and spent limitless hours processing my photos through the Photoshop plugin. I spent so much time with the program mostly because it was too memory-intensive for my then Windows-based laptop; however, since upgrading to a MacBook Pro, I downloaded OnOne’s full Perfect Photo Suite yesterday and have been anxious to see if it is as good as I remembered it.
Thankfully, my memory wasn’t disappointed and the software is even more sophisticated than my previous version while still being presented in a simplistic and intuitive “drag and drop” filter interface.
I slapped on a few filters to the image above and voilà, it now looks like it came from the Denver ghetto instead of the polished suburban atmosphere that is Golden, Colo. Is it obviously enhanced? Sure. Is it too much? A line has been crossed, I think, as beyond manipulating contrast and color temperature, data has been added to the image.
Although I obviously wouldn’t consider this legit photojournalism, the enhancements do assist in telling a story and do have a place as art, as long as they are openly represented as such.