Ethics in photography interest me. If you take a shot of an ugly person and Photoshop the blemishes and the setting is that not fraud in a way? And the viewer. Is it honest to show that persons picture as a true representation of that person. I think it is dishonest in a way. I know everything is touched up but where is the line.
Also I like to take images that the subject is not aware of to avoid posed photographs. Is this ethical? I know if you are in public you have the right. I am not talking commercial photography just for personal use.
I guess who is ugly and who is beautiful? It is in the eye of the beholder after all.
Here is an example. I found a picture of an elderly lady who is a friend of the family. She has a skin condition on her arm which was obvious in the picture. I used Photoshop and seamlessly stamped it out. When I gave her the picture she looked puzzled although she really liked the image. I felt kind of funny about it. There was no money involved nor did she ask me to alter the image but it felt weird. I am just starting out in my Photography career and I want to be aware of any rules or guidelines that may exist. I have enclosed the images.
Frank X Gilg