My photo editing partner Andrew and I worked virtually – he enters my computer – on the Affinity Editing Program designed to work on photo editing with people on Apple devices.
The program has excellent reviews, but I find it complex and confusing, at least at first. Andrew and I are learning it together, he is teaching me. He is a computer whiz, and I am a photographer. It’s a good pairing.
This photo started as a black and white Leica picture of our Northern pasture window just before sunrise. The black and white photo below captured the power of a gloomy, cloudy.
On Affinity, Andrew discovered – and showed me – how to change the background to try to replicate sunrise. I thought this photo was unique in its power and emotion. Each photo captured a mood and feeling, and energy.
I’ve used photo editing programs for some time but always resisted altering photographs. How can anyone know what reality is?
But I’m softening on that.
They have their place; they help the photographer become a different kind of artist and a new kind of painter. My idea is to label altered photos, so people know the real ones from the altered ones. There can be no misrepresentation.
My Leica enables me to capture the emotion of black and white, Affinity may help me do the same for my digital color pictures.
I find this new technology very creative, and it adds a whole new dimension to my photography. They each reflect a different reality. And it raises the photos to the level of art at times.
This is the first teacher I’ve ever had who is so much fun to work with.