Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models

As much as I think I'd like to have this done (and I'm married to a photographer who can do it), would I be happy with the results? Interesting approach to an age old, or is it "old age", question.

 

My husband has a fabulous photography book of Hollywood stars from the 30s & 40s showing hand-retouched before and after shots of the most famous stars of those eras.  It is eye opening.

posted by BuzzFeed Video Feb. 13, 2014


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15 comments:

bill lisleman said...

airbrushing and photoshop have been talked about for many years but maybe it takes seeing yourself "made-over"? really brings it home.
Great message in this clip.

Pat Tillett said...

Although it is amazing what they do, it also gives folks an unrealistic idea of what beautiful is.

DJan said...

Very interesting, and eye opening for sure. I wonder whether photoshop has changed the need for perfect models. Why pay top dollar for them when you can modify the picture so drastically? It's a little disturbing.

California Girl said...

Bill, I agree with you. I initially thought I'd watch it and want to see it done to me. However, after listening to the reactions of each woman, I was surprised by their dismay and discomfort with their images. Very eye opening.

California Girl said...

Photoshop is a tool. Obviously it can be used to extremes. My husband uses it in his fine art photography. The few times he's smoothed my face in a photo, he's done so with a very delicate touch as he doesn't like the "bland" results. I can't say I have either. Maybe I should have him shoot a "beforre" and "after" of me.

California Girl said...

DJan, good question. I find myself relieved when I see un-retouched photos of aging female celebs, e.g. Diane Keaton, Diane Sawyer, Helen Mirren, who look good but not flawless. There are alotta wrinkles & creases being covered up in magazine editorials.

The Silver Fox said...

I wish there was less of it on magazine covers.

California Girl said...

Foxy: Me too.

I'm waiting for the day they develop a way back pill you can take to rejuvenate your looks twenty or thirty years. The caveat will be: does it rejuvenate my body too? Imagine having the face of a 30 year old and hurting like a 60 year old.

The Silver Fox said...

I wish all plastic surgeons were as skilled as the magazine cover retouchers. Then there wouldn't be so many celebrities with nightmarish faces.

California Girl said...

Foxy, it does give me pause every time I see someone who's so obviously been "under the knife" and has shed facial personality. Joan Rivers at least makes fun of herself and does not apologize which keeps her in on the joke. Phyllis Diller did as well. I was taken aback to see Kim Novack on the Oscars with what appeared to be an unflattering face lift, particularly at her age. The pressure look good is too powerful.

The Silver Fox said...

Kim Novack? Oh, no! You mean we have to add her to the list containing Mickey Rourke, Priscilla Presley, Kenny Rogers, etc.? Ugh.

Janey and Co. said...

Interesting subject. I have a beautiful friend who has gone under the knife several times. I have a hard time looking at her. some folks would say she is beautiful. I just wonder what happened to my friend....is she in there?

California Girl said...

Foxy, I misspelled her last name. It's "Novak". But yes, she's on the list.

California Girl said...

Janey, I know quite a few who've had it done. One is my trainer. I think she actually looks good but I see her all the time so may not be aware of the changes. My husband thinks it's too drastic. On the other hand, I see photos of my oldest friends in CA and the ones who've "had work done" look changed. Cannot lie; I would love to get my defined chin and neck back.

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