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I would not have a clue how to use the software. All my pictures are as is. I see pictures alot that have been manipulated by photo editing. It is not something I like to see since I have 3 daughters that can see them and feel like that is how they should look. That is why I talk to them about it alot. I think it does put pressure on the younger generation to live up to those standards.
 

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I have not ever used photo-editing software on a picture of myself. I think the only time I've used photo-editing software on a picture of someone was when I was using photoshop in a class because we had an assignment to try to restore an old photo. I have absolutely seen photos that were clearly edited. We see them constantly online and in magazines. I don't think it is healthy to use photo-editing software to try to "correct" our appearances. The constant use of editing is incredibly damaging, especially to young girls who don't necessarily realize how much editing is taking place. It gives them such unrealistic images of what women are supposed to look like, and then when they can't meet these impossible standards, it makes them feel bad about themselves and like they must be doing something wrong.
 

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Have you ever used photo-editing software on a picture of yourself or another person?
I sometimes use filters on instagram but mostly on photoshop I just use the auto colour and contrast settings. I have never removed spots or edited a persons body shape,

Have you ever seen a photo that you could tell had been edited?
I mean I can tell if people have used filters on facebook but I don't always look that closely at other photos really. I'm more of a landscape and nature photography fan so most of the edits to that just make places look brighter or more colourful, rather than turning them into something they're not.

What do you think about the way we use such software and how it is evolving?
I think it's going to evolve and not just for the benefit of people removing things they see as flaws. Digital photography is so much easier than analogue. Back then they would have people stand certain ways or strategically place shadows, so it was still kind of done, just not after the photo was taken.

Do you agree or disagree that it could be contributing to the growing issue of body image and mental health?
I think there's more of a stink being kicked up about it these days, meaning that people are more aware that if they're seeing flawless pictures it's probably edited. A lot of celebrities are calling magazines and photographers up about it and that's good. I do agree that body image issues are definitely being created by people editting photos and making celebritys seem like perfect bodies.
 

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I have never used photo editing software but I do use filters on Snapchat and Instagram because I hate selfies without like animal ears on Snapchat or my little brothers in it. I just really dislike normal selfies.

I have never used photo editing software to change anything I am unhappy about with the way I look. If i uploaded a photo of me that wasn't how I looked then I would feel like I'm being dishonest and that is really the last thing I want to do. My family say I am beautiful the way I am but I don't think I am. If I edited a photo of me and then put it online I'm sure that they would all be yelling at me because I changed the way I look.

I think in some ways it is increasing because, even though things are changing, there is still the pressure to look good and perfect like celebrities. There are some that don't use effects and they are being true to their fans. The main question for me is for those who feel they have to change things. If they can't be happy with the way they look then what hope do the rest of us have when we aren't famous like them?

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I have not used photo editing tools. Initially it sounds appealing to touch up those things we would like to improve about ourselves. But eventually I have to ask myself, what is the point? The people who would see these photos of me also see me in real life. So those edits aren't going to fool them! I think if I were to "improve" certain features in photos, it may make me more insecure about my actual appearance. Maybe if I were using the tools to touch-up temporary situations such as a big pimple or a bad sunburn, I would feel better about it. But otherwise, I think I'll just work on myself and my self confidence!
 

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Have you ever used photo-editing software on a picture of yourself or another person?
No I haven't used photo-editing software on myself or another person. However, when I was in High School, I wore braces and I didn't want them for my senior picture so I asked if they could remove them from my picture. It looked terrific!

Have you ever seen a photo that you could tell had been edited?
If it's a poorly quality photo, yeah. Also, if I know the person and they change something about themeself then I would notice it.

What do you think about the way we use such software and how it is evolving?
It gets better and you don't notice the imperfections. I think it's interesting but I like the crisp, clear images that come from better software.

Do you agree or disagree that it could be contributing to the growing issue of body image and mental health?
In some parts yes but the other half no. I don't want to seem shallow but I didn't want braces that was something my parents wanted for me. So, when it was time for me to take my senior pictures I didn't want to see a smile with braces. My braces would come off by the end of the year so I wouldn't have them on forever. Some photo-editing could be helpful like my case. I know my mom has a picture with me wearing braces on, which she likes because it was a stage in my life.
 

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I have used it occasionally. I remember one time i was at a Medieval re enactment and when i looked at my photo I realised that I had a modern bottle of water in the background so i copied another 'older' item and replaced the water!
I am not sure whether it affects the issue of body image or not. i think this issue has been around since there have been mirrors! But whether it affects people or not? Maybe.
 

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Editing photos is a really dangerous and insidious issue. It's hard enough trying to look the way you want without unrealistic beauty standards from all directions. The editing is a big culprit, as are unrealistic mannequins and toys like Barbie. Little girls begin dieting before they've even lost all their puppy fat to match the fake images they see every day. I watched a video once which started with a model coming in for a shoot, being done up hair and makeup, then photographed, then the photo was taken and stretched and trimmed and altered and recoloured until she looked like some impossible goddess. It's crazy.
 

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Have you ever used photo-editing software on a picture of yourself or another person?
-Not really, no. I've used like 'smoothen' on a photo of myself because my skin looked weird, but that's about it. I use filters, but I don't actually edit my pictures. For one, I'm too lazy to figure out how to make it look good.

Have you ever seen a photo that you could tell had been edited?
-Yep. It's a dead giveaway when the background has mysteriously distorted around the person. 😂

What do you think about the way we use such software and how it is evolving? Do you agree or disagree that it could be contributing to the growing issue of body image and mental health?
-I agree that it is. I've seen on a subreddit that calls out instagram photoshopping how like, when you put the edited version and the real version next to each other, the real version sometimes ends up looking 'worse' even though it's really not and the person is lovely the way they are. It puts out a perfected version of yourself that goes beyond a puppy filter on Snapchat and I think it can be bad for your mental health, to see that 'perfect' image of yourself and know that you don't really look like that. I don't think it's always bad, and if someone just enjoys editing their pictures, then that's fine, but I think it's a fine line.
 

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I have used an app called Snapseed occasionally to edit photos. I don't think basic editing (color correction, contrast enhancement, that kind of thing) is bad for people's personal body image. I have used it to remove large blemishes from my face, but in that case, since these are usually not present for me, (i.e. zits), I don't see it as a huge problem, though I don't think we should mock people for posting pictures that include them either. In my case, I feel I am displaying my face as it would usually look, rather than how it did in the moment that day. I understand that others may feel differently about this particular use.

My husband is a professional photographer, and he works mostly with landscapes and architecture. In these cases, editing is hugely helpful to correct, as I mentioned above, colors, contrast, etc.

My biggest problem with photo editing is not the average people who use it to remove a large zit or even a mole that they are self-conscious about. I have a problem with the fashion industry that edits photos of models so heavily that you can't even see the vellus hair (the really fine ones found all over our bodies, generally nearly invisible) on their faces. If the "perfect person" isn't even supposed to have pores or vellus hair, then we have a huge problem since everyone has those.

I would not villify the editing software itself, but rather its uses by unscrupulous people to idealize things to an irrational and impossible extent.
 

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Have you ever used photo-editing software on a picture of yourself or another person? Have you ever seen a photo that you could tell had been edited? What do you think about the way we use such software and how it is evolving? Do you agree or disagree that it could be contributing to the growing issue of body image and mental health?

I have but not to change the appearance of the person but to improve the overall quality of the photograph for example whilst a photograph may look OK on the screen of the camera at the time of taking it, I print a large number of my photograps to use in scrapbooking and often when loaded into my editing software for cropping and printing they may appear over or under exposed I will then use the editing software to alter the lighting of the photograph.

I have never used the software to change the appearance or disguise features I don't like. For years I hated having my photograph taken as I was overweight so rather than alter my appearance in photographs I embarked on changing my life style to lose the excess weight. Recently I had become embarrassed about my teeth and thanks to an amazing dentist have finally managed to conquer my fear of dentists and have corrective surgery. Admitedly just using editing software to change my teeth would have been much cheaper but that wouldn't have solved the problem when I was speaking face to face with friends and colleagues.

I do think the constant tweaking of photographs to change appearances that is employed by magazines and advertisers gives a very false view of what people look like and I think this can cause untold harm to anyone who has body image issues and can lead to severe mental health issues such as eating disorders.


 

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Have you ever used photo-editing software on a picture of yourself or another person?
No, I don't even post photos of myself online or take selfies. I'm not confident enough to. Sometimes I wish I was.

Q: Have you ever seen a photo that you could tell had been edited?

A: Yep, many times. Mainly on models or adds on magazines. Or of random 30-year-old moms on facebook with their lips puckered.

Q: What do you think about the way we use such software and how it is evolving?

A: I think it can be used well, and it can also damage, badly. It depends on who they are marketing to.

They shouldn't market to young kids or teens, because we're impressionable.

Q: Do you agree or disagree that it could contribute to the growing issue of body image and mental health?

A: Absolutely. Seeing other look pretty, eat healthy, live great live. when you're insecure, it hurts.
 

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Mostly I do not post pictures of myself, I do play a bit with brightness and saturation when I have bad natural lighing and need to pull off something ASAP, I do spend hours editing rendered images and videos for my architecture workshops, but even then it feels fake to use a rendered edited picture when in some cases we have the as built pics.

I wouldn't really try to alter my body through software. If as it is I have trouble accepting my body in a bad day, having an unrealistic image of my body would break me because that's not a real version I can accomplish through workout or skin care.

I think softwares are a great tool and we see them all the time in al kinds of productions, but the way body-altered images have created a niche cultural mind set is a bit concerning because slidding through instagram, magazines racks and the whole web we have these unrealistic images that in some cases are not achieveable through healthy routines, they can either boost you to seek healthier ways, or lead you to hazardous extremes which is just scary to think about
 

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I don't tend to post a lot of pictures of myself, and I don't have an instagram account either so I rarely have a need for "perfect" or aesthetic photos. However on the times I do post pictures I just use my phone's built in editing software - my phone camera very much sucks so I typically need to adjust the lighting/brightness/contrast or just the overall feel of the photo for it to look okay haha.

Some editing imo is generally okay. It's normal to have those imperfections we want to conceal or are just uncomfortable with the general public seeing, or something we want or need to enhance. However I think when it goes overboard or is excessive that it's absolutely toxic, especially within the beauty community. It just creates unrealistic standards in terms of how a person is supposed to look like, and can also cause a lot of self-esteem/confidence issues when people fail to emulate what they were led to believe was attainable.

As someone who actively follows the beauty community for example, I know many people have gotten discouraged when they failed to achieve that "perfect" look they see on a beauty blog or vlog no matter how many times they practiced or no matter what techniques they tried, because they don't often realize that the pictures/videos they see have been edited so much, and that rarely are they ever taken in natural lightning with minimal editing. I particularly dislike MUAs who do this tbh. It's just deceitful and distasteful, and very unprofessional.
 

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At the start of the month, we talked about photo editing software, and the negative effects it could be having. For the second half of the month, we wanted to bring you something more positive and light-hearted. So let's talk about filters!

For this discussion, our topic is filters used on apps such as Snapchat and Instagram! I'm sure you're aware of their existence, even if you may not have used them yourself (guilty as charged). They are a fun way to liven up your photos and create all sorts of wacky images. As social media apps grow in popularity, the range of filters available seems to grow exponentially. We we want to hear your thoughts on the subject, so here are a few questions to get you started:

Do you use filters; or have you ever seen someone else using one? Which types of filter are your favourite to use/view? Why do you think their popularity only seems to keep growing? If you had the chance to design a new fun filter, what would it be?


These questions are meant to get your minds pondering the topic; they are not meant to limit you. Make sure to keep checking this post - we will post a new topic for discussion twice a month!
 

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Do you use filters; or have you ever seen someone else using one?
No, I have never even heard of filters.

Which types of filter are your favourite to use/view?
Again, I have no idea what a filter is used for on apps. For that matter I have no apps.

Why do you think their popularity only seems to keep growing?
Just a new fad that people see and try out.

If you had the chance to design a new fun filter, what would it be?
I wouldn't. I would have no use for anything like that.

I don't use social media, so I am not aware of the topic you are discussing this time.
 

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Yes I have used and know others who use the filters.
My favorite ones I use on my kids and they are the flower crowns and the one the makes your mouth elongated with a funny voice.
It is popular because they are funny to look at.
I would not have to slightes idea what to create. They seem to create interesting ones every month. I love seeing what they come up with.
 

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