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Old 01-17-2009, 02:47 PM
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Obama's official portrait

I'm sure we've all seen many examples of highly retouched photos of celebrities in general and politicians in particular.

It is refreshing when an official portrait comes out showing the person as is and not as we wished.

Or am I out line and the photo should have been "touched up"?

Technically, what do you think of the photograph?

Does it bother you that the DOF did not include his right shoulder/jacket lapel?

Just curious...


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Old 01-17-2009, 03:37 PM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

In the time of photoshop,no! Everybody see that the background is blurred in photoshop and everybody know how mr.Obama look like. Digital images need a little retouch. Blurring the backround bring more focus on the foreground.
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Old 01-17-2009, 04:18 PM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

I don't believe responsible news organizations would accept a retouched photo of the President. The AP wouldn't, I'm sure.
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:36 PM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

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I don't believe responsible news organizations would accept a retouched photo of the President. The AP wouldn't, I'm sure.
The AP may not, but Reuters loves their retouched images. Most of the papers I read in my corner of Canada have published retouched (not necessarily photochopped) images.

Yes, that lapel makes me squint every time I view it. Drives me nuts…

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Old 01-17-2009, 11:14 PM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

I'd rather him look real and look like a man then have model's skin. I think the photo is great as is. Also cool that it is high rez. Only beef is that they posted it in aRGB and, as you all already know, most browsers are not color aware. We have had some play at DPR's retouch forum, but still, I think it should be as is. That's what a true headshot capture should be.

Also, I wish him God speed. He has a busy slate in front of him and I do wish, for my sake (selfish) that the economy gets better. I've only worked 7.5 hours this whole month; only by God's grace that I have a place to stay, food to eat, and relatively healthy. It's terible how the economy is right now, but I still hold for better times around the horizon.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:51 AM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

I don't like the way the flag is out of focus. It doesn't look right. It draws your attention to it. Some magazine will make a cartoon out of that pic for sure.

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Old 01-18-2009, 03:06 PM
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I have shot for the AP for decades...I have also submitted "Official Portraits" of Governors to the AP. The ones I submitted were always retouched. They are portraits. They should always be retouched. IMO

Anyway, President Elect Obama's "official" portrait should have been retouched, at least the lint fibers on the jacket and some of the skin blemishes.

Pete Souza is a good journalistic shooter, but not a portrait photographer. Using one octabank light modifier and nothing else on the subject is just wrong. The fact that this was released speaks volumes of the fact that he was out of his league. Good luck to Pete...hope he has a full term and stays away from portrait work until he takes some lighting lessons.
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Old 01-18-2009, 04:07 PM
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I understand leaving the skin blemishes, but the out of focus bit drives me insane…

I agree with kglak43; the photo is not a good portrait.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:03 PM
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Re: Obama's official portrait

AP says that adjusting photos and other imagery, even for aesthetic reasons, damages the credibility of the information distributed by the military to news organisations and the public.
"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography.

From an article concerning the altered photo of BG Ann Dunwoody. It would seem this standard would apply to the Commander in Chief also.

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Old 01-18-2009, 05:04 PM
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Complete article:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7738342.stm
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