Do You PhotoShop Your Photos


Canyons of Georgia by Gregory Colvin Photography- Soft Effects created in PhotoShop

One question I get when I  show my photos in art shows is, “Do you use PhotoShop on your photos?” The answer is yes, of course.  Let me explain why.

Many times I have attended outdoor craft shows and observed the work of photographers. They brag that they don’t use PhotoShop to alter their photos.  You can tell.  Being polite, I refrain from telling them what I think. These are same photographers who complain that they can’t get into the juried art shows and usually blame the judges.  It’s not the judges.  It’s the fact that their photos are uninteresting.  Without the photographer’s input into the finished photo, it becomes a snapshot.  Using techniques available to the photographer, and the photographer’s creative use of these techniques are why they are artists and not snapshot photographers.

When you observe something that creates enough interest that you want to share that scene with others, or just record it for your own enjoyment, you are experiencing it with all your senses at that moment.  You smell fragrance of the foliage or flowers. You hear the birds, the surf or the wind through the trees.  All these elements combine to create the desire to record the experience. These external influences contribute to your selection of the subject you want to photograph, whether you know it or not.  When you capture the image, the camera cannot record the smells, feelings and sounds.  It is up to you, as the artist photographer, to translate for the viewer the experiences that lead to your selection of this particular subject.  This is accomplished when your audience sees the finished photo and has the same awe that you had when you selected that subject.

The camera on its own cannot recreate your experience. The camera is a tool, it cannot smell the flowers, feel the breeze or hear the surf.  It is up to the artists to manipulate the image to relay the emotion that lead you to hit the shutter release.

It is up to you to decide, whether you are going to short change your viewer or create works and allow them to experience the beauty that you encountered in nature.

About Gregory Colvin

Gregory Colvin Photography

“Inspiration for my art is found in the natural world. Being in the midst of nature is a tranquil and revitalizing experience. Early morning and late afternoon light paints the landscape with a soft glow, fog and mist create an air of mystery. Sunbeams streaming through the tree branches craft portals of mystic radiance. Reflections on lakes and streams produce a picturesque spectacle. Using the camera as a paintbrush, I attempt to recreate these visual sensations and share them with others. My mission is to share a love of the earth and a desire to protect it.”


U.S. Federal Government-F CCPAC Art Project- Seven pieces for new building in Orlando, Florida
ArtBuzz, The 2010 Collection- 1st Place for Photography –juried art book
Tampa Bay Business Journal- Book of Lists 2010- Artist- Chosen for the collection
Tampa Bay Business Journal- Book of Lists 2008- Artist-Chosen for the collection.
Manatee Art Festival-Honorable Mention-Photography Division Crystal River, Florida
Upper Tampa Bay Library Westchase Florida- Four pieces purchased by the Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Library Art Committee and displayed in the newly completed library.
Tampa General Hospital- two pieces placed in the permanent collection for the new addition to the hospital.
“Make a Habitat of Art”- Habitat for Humanity Juried Silent Auction Fund Raiser – Two pieces accepted for auction
Keystone Civic Association Brochure- photography included in the permanent brochure, Keystone/Odessa
ArtBuzz, The Book- 2008 Collection- Juried art book created for collectors and art galleries internationally.
Hilton Hotels Homewood Suites- 5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa Florida- Purchased for art collection.

Juried Art Shows and Exhibits

Naples Museum of Art 2009 “Florida Contemporary Exhibition” May-June 2009
Nancy Jacey Gallery- “Treasures of Perception” Show – September 2008
Nancy Jacey Gallery- “Art at the Speed of Light” Show- June 2008
Fifth Ave. Gallery-“100% Pure Florida” Melbourne Florida
Tarpon Springs 33rd Annual Art Festival- Tarpon Springs Florida-2007
Boca Raton Museum Fine Art Show- Boca Raton Florida-2007
ArtiGras-North Palm Beach-2007
St. Johns Fine Art Show-St. Johns-Jacksonville Florida-2006
Art Harvest-Dunedin, Florida-2006
New Tampa Arts “Under the Oaks”-New Tampa, Florida-2006
Downtown Art and Living Expo-Orlando Florida-2006
Manatee Fine Art Show-Crystal River Florida-2006
Kiwanis Art Show- Safety Harbor, Florida-2005

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