Does Photoshop Matter?

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I have no idea where the photo of the cat with five owls originated. I saw it on Facebook, like lots of other people. Initially, I though, “How did the photographer get a cat to pose with five owls?” Every cat I have ever seen would sooner attack a bird than sit still with one. Eventually, I realized my mistake.  There was no cat with five owls. Instead, there was someone with Photoshop and too much time on their hands. When you look carefully at the photo, the lighting on the cat is different than the lighting on the owls. The cat was clearly added to the photo at a later time. Does it matter? I’m not sure but I think I like imagining a cat sitting still with five owls more than I liked imagining someone sitting at a computer screen  combining a photo of a cat with a photo of some owls.

Here’s one more. In this case, an owl was added to a photo of some cats.

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So can cats and owls be friends? The answer would appear to be yes, but Photoshop makes better photos.

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See This Cat And Owl Are Best Friends and When a Cat and an Owl Develop a Beautiful Friendship.

About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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