Episode #147
None Of What You See Is Real

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With Photoshop, and CGI, none of what you see is real anymore. I explain why.

Music and links from this episode

  1. Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie
  2. Nothing Like Captain Crunch by Broke For Free
  3. The Wrong Way by Jazzer

Line-by-line notes

  1. I recently watched a YouTube video about David Fincher
  2. If you dont know him, he’s a film director
  3. He’s a pretty big deal
  4. He’s directed things like Seven, Fight Club, The Social Network, and he was very influential in the making of Netflixs House of Cards
  5. As I said, he’s a big deal
  6. The video I watched was about Fincher use of CGI in films for things that seemed, well, pointless
  7. He’d use CGI for putting stuff on Cork boards in detective’s rooms
  8. And CGI for most of the blood spatters
  9. He does it so he has absolute control over how the blood spatter looks
  10. He doesn’t have to rely on anything as boring as gravity and physics to ruin his shot
  11. It got me thinking of the comparison in design
  12. Or at least, Photoshopping things
  13. And how nearly any photo you see these days
  14. Just isn’t real
  15. This is AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  16. MUSIC
  17. Let me ask you a question
  18. When you see a photo in a magazine or on a billboard, do you think it’s real?
  19. It’s a question you probably haven’t considered much
  20. What is real anyway?
  21. You’ll see it, and see its a real human, so yeah, you probably think it’s real
  22. Or it’s a real country side, so yeah, it’s real
  23. After all, why would anybody bother to fake it rather than just take a photo?
  24. It’s sound logic
  25. Surely it’s easier to send a photographer to a location and take the photo?
  26. Because I’m a designer, I see these things differently.
  27. I know how hard it can be to get a perfect photo
  28. I know how much some photos are altered, and sometimes completely changed
  29. It isn’t often you see a side by side comparison
  30. Between an original photo and the retouched one
  31. Just like David Fincher using CGI for surprisingly small things, you’d be surprised how often photos are retouched or photoshopped as most people say
  32. I’ve seen everything from composite photos made
  33. Which is where an entirely new image is made from several other images
  34. This is usually done for things like movie posters and car advertisements
  35. And everything down to using it for things swapping out skies
  36. Or making the sun brighter, or darker
  37. Photoshop is a stupidly powerful tool
  38. And it isn’t always used for innocent purposee
  39. I can’t do an episode about photoshop without talking about models
  40. Most models are photoshopped in every photo
  41. Everything from simple things like removing pores from skin so skin looks smoother, to brightening eyes, removing wrinkles,
  42. And the most despicable of all
  43. Changing a models shape
  44. Making a model thinner
  45. Taller
  46. More muscly or more curvy, depending on the model and the purpose needed
  47. These photos aren’t anything like just taking a photo
  48. These kind of photo shoots with models and I say that with lots of inverted commas
  49. Are a two part process
  50. Photos are taken with the model looking their best
  51. The after that, the photos are given to photo retouchers to make them look extra specisl
  52. Or to make the model look like they always do in magazines or movies
  53. Photoshop has become such a powerful tool at retouching photos
  54. Just as CGI is in movies now
  55. That you just can’t trust a single thing you see anymore
  56. And I’m saying that from somebody in the know.
  57. MUSIC
  58. This was AADA, and I’m Craig Burgess
  59. Music featured in this episode was:
    1. Air Hockey Saloon by Chris Zabriskie
    2. Nothing Like Captain Crunch by Broke For Free
    3. The Wrong Way by Jazzer
  60. For a line by line rundown go over to https://www.askadesigneranything.com/ep147
  61. Find me on Twitter at @craigburgess
  62. I’m back tomorrow

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