There is no question that one of the most addictive parts of photography is editing the images. But many have asked what is acceptable and what is not in terms of how much is done to alter an image.
There is also debate as to whether manual editing is more acceptable than the use of filters which alter color, tint, picture composition, focus and much more. The answer lies in what the user wants as an experience. If a person is using a DSLR camera, then they will obviously want to use fine editing software that allows them to change the photograph step by step. This type of photographer tends to be older than the smartphone camera generation and takes their time in gently tweaking their image to make the best out of the conditions in which the raw image was taken.
But the smartphone photographer is entirely different. While there are apps which bridge between the complexity of full-blown editing software and the ease of just applying a filter, most of these users just want to click on their phone a few times and get their color-popped image online with the minimum of fuss and maximum effect in terms of engaging other social media users.
So in reality, there is no real right and wrong here and the choice lies with the user. In fact, the social media community does practice self-regulation in some respects, in terms of labeling photographs which are not taken with a filter with the hashtag: No filter – #nofilter.
Most photographers these days go for both the platforms. After all, with the massive advances in smartphone technology, it is hard to no get absorbed into the whole field of digital image social media platforms. But the diehards will always say that a real photograph is taken on a camera with only minor corrections. Purists would even argue that a real photograph is the one taken on film.