Photoshop is an integral part of most photographers workflow. However, it is often used as a dirty word outside photography and shots are criticised if they have been ‘Photoshopped’. Street photography is one area where photoshop receives a lot of criticism, and shots are often disqualified from competitions if anything has been added or erased.

Personally I want to create great pictures, so I don’t have a problem with this practise. Just be honest with what you have done.

Lastly, you do not have to be a Photoshop expert (I certainly am not!) to tamper with your photos. For one of the examples below I used a program called Snapheal, an app created by Macphun (, they have loads of great and easy to use apps. Sorry PC users, they are for Macs only.

Another great alternative is the Nic collection, this used to be fairly pricey but is now totally free. Download it from It will make your pictures better!

In the meantime, check out the pictures below. What do you think, have I ‘cheated’, or have I improved the shots?  Can you spot what is missing? Make a comment and let me know!

Stay happy, keep clicking. Chris

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