When the subject of editing photographs is brought up there is always a huge debate, with the purists on one hand saying that the images should be left exactly as they come out of the camera and the other side saying that photography is art and all manipulation is fair game.
I believe you should stay true to the original, but having said that, I don’t have a problem with adjusting the levels, saturation and cropping an image. I don’t agree with using tools to make somebody’s nose smaller or materially altering the image.
Below are two images. The first is my final edited image and the second is the original image straight out of the camera. Basically I desaturated the image, darkened the background slightly and cropped it to take out his arm which I felt was a distracting foreground element.
What do people think? Yes, No, Maybe??