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Old 17th September 2014
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Re: "shopping in" and "cloning out" ?

In the "Good Old Days":

I had a plastic bag and gloves and would pick up bits of litter, fag ends, tins, etc., to tidy the scene. Now I just clone them out.

We often did double exposures, sometimes in the camera, but far more often in the darkroom, where a moon could be made a lot bigger and brighter in the picture than it ever was in nature.

Sandwiching slides was used to drop in a sky over a dull plain one, and we would use thinly painted & died acetate to enhance the look of the slide.

Go back far enough, and there were artists that would hand paint colour over a B&W print. Finishers would "spot" prints and paint/ink out blemishes.

Now it's just so much easier and quicker.

As long as there is no intention to deceive anyone, the end result is completely valid as a work of artistic skill.
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