The above picture of Ryan and me was a taken in a bar in NYC so the lighting was not the best to begin with. I spent hours trying to edit the picture (in JPEG and raw). Nope! Simultaneous enhancements did not happen...and that's why it ended up being purple. If I lightened one way, Ryan faded out. If I darkened to include Ryan, I drifted away. I sat there for at least an hour trying to figure out how to enhance both of our features simultaneously, and photoshop wasn't having it!
Lest you think I'm completely photog-illiterate, my thoughts were confirmed again over this past weekend. I had the privilege of an impromptu photography lesson with a professional photographer at a wedding. I was asking him about the "inherently bigoted/racist camera" theory, and he told me I was right! Camera settings are still not yet equipped to properly deal with differing skin tones. Take for instance the many weddings he shoots in Vegas. An Asian bride in a white dress, a black bride in a white dress, and a white bride in a white dress all require different lighting and settings. Now choose whichever permutation you'd like to start with, and then pick your color groom...and then add in the wedding party. It'd certainly be more convenient if everyone 'looked alike'. Even with all of the recent technological advancements in digital photography, it can get quite complicated when taking photos involving varying skin tones and color combos... and that's just colors.
The photog went on to remind me of the fairly well-known 'racist camera' phenomenon regarding the face-detection feature. Ya know, the one that resulted in the infamous blog post by Joz Wang entitled "Racist Camera! No, I did not blink... I'm just Asian!", the numerous blog responses, the HP YouTube video, and the follow-up Time.com article. (For those who missed out, please see the article link.)
|(Me and James the Photog [both Nikon fans!] - Look him up if ever need great shots in Vegas!)|