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2012-10-06 12:21:08 AM
Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.
 
2012-10-06 01:06:15 AM

fusillade762: Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.


I had several black eyes as a kid. Fell out of bed and hit my garbage can with my face, got hit with a baseball, got hit with a hockey puck, got kicked in the face playing soccer, etc. If CPS had worried every time I had a black eye I'd never had seen my parents.
 
2012-10-06 01:46:23 AM

davidphogan: fusillade762: Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.

I had several black eyes as a kid. Fell out of bed and hit my garbage can with my face, got hit with a baseball, got hit with a hockey puck, got kicked in the face playing soccer, etc. If CPS had worried every time I had a black eye I'd never had seen my parents.


Weird. I don't think I've ever had one. Never broken any bones, either. Worst injury I ever had was a stretched ligament in my ankle from missing a step on some stairs. Though I did spend weeks in a cast and the doctor said I would have actually been better off with a break.

/csb
 
2012-10-06 03:12:21 AM
FTFA: Monica Vial, a mother of two, said she was shocked to learn the photography studio in Ostersund was offering to retouch the pictures taken of young students at the local school, Swedish news agency TT and The Local.se reported Friday.

Vial said she is worried the practice of touching up the photos will run counter to campaigns aimed at improving the self-image of children and keeping them from being influenced by stereotypical beauty ideals.


Oh, Jeebus Christmas... For f*ck's sake... She was "shocked" by this? Shocked? Seriously?

Sounds like someone's either (1) wrapped a little too tight, or (2) an attention whore.

As for retouching the photos... So what, as long as it doesn't ruin the picture. When her kids hit puberty and go through that awkward not-so-attractive phase she'll be begging to have the studio retouch those photos.
 
2012-10-06 04:14:54 AM
Nothing like a school picture with a few big zits going out to all the relatives to ramp up a kid's self-esteem, right mom?
 
2012-10-06 04:19:35 AM
Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.
 
2012-10-06 04:23:37 AM
My God I wish they had this when I was growing up.
 
2012-10-06 04:28:45 AM
Better to put lipstick on a pig than to sell a turd and call it a work of art.
 
2012-10-06 04:41:35 AM
All of my school pictures from middle school through high school had this option. (I'm only 20) I surely don't remember anyone being "OMG, I'M SHOCKED! OUTRAGEZZ!!1" over it.
 
2012-10-06 04:43:37 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.

 
2012-10-06 04:45:01 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.


As long as being outraged is still profitable, no.

/best to take away the incentive
//of course, that would cause even MORE outrage, at least until everyone realizes it isn't going to help them any more
 
2012-10-06 04:46:46 AM
Anna Wilhelmsson, a photographer from the company, said "We noticed some of your children are pizza faced and rashy. We saw a kid with a really obvious fake eye, that was the last straw."
 
2012-10-06 04:49:35 AM
Back in the late 90s I had to grab head shots off of tape to put into our still store. Our Pinnacle had a program that was very much like Photoshop 1.0... so I would go in all the time and fix things. Just made for a better presentation.
 
2012-10-06 04:50:38 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.


I got stuck at sensitive pussy attention.
 
2012-10-06 04:51:40 AM
pageantphotoretouching.homestead.com
www.kchristieh.com

What photo retouching may look like.
/hot
 
2012-10-06 04:59:52 AM

Justin Bieber's Acne Medication: [pageantphotoretouching.homestead.com image 842x576]
[www.kchristieh.com image 500x313]

What photo retouching may look like.
/hot


Oh blimey - that last one - does that actually happen? Is there actually a market for that sort of thing?
 
2012-10-06 05:12:13 AM
I can understand the outrage if the school retouched the pics without permission or notifying the parents/students. It'd still be stupid, but I get it. But here the school is offering--as in giving the option to--retouch pics. Why get outraged over an option you're not forced to take?

Oh wait, then your name won't show up in the news.
 
2012-10-06 05:13:07 AM

gtfan92: All of my school pictures from middle school through high school had this option. (I'm only 20) I surely don't remember anyone being "OMG, I'M SHOCKED! OUTRAGEZZ!!1" over it.


Only retouched pictured we had were senior year where lots of idiots would pay hundreds of dollars for what seemed to me to be lots of blurry lines (supposed to be "soft" but always seemed just blurry to me).

But I graduated in 94. All of my yearbook pictures were done with film rather than digital cameras. I know for a fact that our yearbook crew in high school didn't even have a digital camera or access to a computer with photo software. I'm guessing the mother in TFA is reacting because she doesn't know how easy and common it is today to do this and she feels it violates her future memories of her kids when they were in school. To her, those memories (the pictures) will forever be seen through someone else's filter of who her child should have been that day.
 
2012-10-06 05:19:37 AM
I actually agree with the idea of leaving the photos the way they are. We see it as a little touching up, but in truth it's evidence of a deeper problem with society. People shouldn't be made to feel weird if they have zits, a cold sore, or any other physical thing that would be considered a "problem." These things aren't problems, they're just a part of life. Companies have built up an industry around making people feel like crap for having them so they can make money. "OMG I HAVE A ZIT MY LIFE IS OVER," is only something that has come about recently. Where did this idea that a couple zits made someone hideous come from?

The photographers aren't the problem,.they're just a symptom.
 
2012-10-06 05:29:24 AM
Leave the pics as they are. Shocked and outraged? Naw... but we are teaching the little crumbsnatchers to be too dependent on their looks. They should be fine with and accept who they are... that's what the parents are supposed to teach them.

When the parents fail you get little abominations like Honey farking Boo-Boo.
 
2012-10-06 05:36:44 AM

BolloxReader: gtfan92: All of my school pictures from middle school through high school had this option. (I'm only 20) I surely don't remember anyone being "OMG, I'M SHOCKED! OUTRAGEZZ!!1" over it.

Only retouched pictured we had were senior year where lots of idiots would pay hundreds of dollars for what seemed to me to be lots of blurry lines (supposed to be "soft" but always seemed just blurry to me).

But I graduated in 94. All of my yearbook pictures were done with film rather than digital cameras. I know for a fact that our yearbook crew in high school didn't even have a digital camera or access to a computer with photo software. I'm guessing the mother in TFA is reacting because she doesn't know how easy and common it is today to do this and she feels it violates her future memories of her kids when they were in school. To her, those memories (the pictures) will forever be seen through someone else's filter of who her child should have been that day.


Retouching goes way back before digital even for yearbook photos.
 
2012-10-06 05:44:00 AM
Repeat. Yawn.
 
2012-10-06 05:45:51 AM

RayD8: styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.

I got stuck at sensitive pussy attention.


i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-06 05:54:01 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.


I'm not "outraged", but I think it's pretty stupid on the part of the photo studio. It's not their business to judge what's "attractive" and what's not. Besides, do you really want your kids not to look like they actually do by taking away unique physical traits?

Oh, and this is the first year I've seen this as an option for my stepsons who are in 10th and 11th grades...
 
2012-10-06 05:56:22 AM

Justin Bieber's Acne Medication: What photo retouching may look like.
/hot


That second one looks like a RealDoll. I think there's a Farker who might be interested in that sort of photo retouching.
 
2012-10-06 05:57:09 AM

gtfan92: All of my school pictures from middle school through high school had this option. (I'm only 20) I surely don't remember anyone being "OMG, I'M SHOCKED! OUTRAGEZZ!!1" over it.


Really? I'm 29 and went to school in a fairly affluent area and this was never an option. I only heard about it recently from a co-worker.

On one hand I can see the bonus of being able to fix a stray hair or remove that obscene zit. On the other hand I think it takes away from the whole experience of having a crappy picture and kind of romanticizes the memory of middle/high school.

Although if this can be retroactively applied there's a couple years where I need my fashion sense tweaked. Sweater vest? Giant bow? C'mon kid!
 
2012-10-06 06:01:41 AM
I do remember getting to pick your background color.

"God MOM just let me think! I need to make sure my best sweater vest and suburban mom hair cut will really go with the ruby red and NOT emerald green OKAY?!?"
 
2012-10-06 06:34:58 AM
What the service might look like:

imageshack.us
[pops bgr]
 
2012-10-06 06:51:21 AM
If you'd like, we can touch up your children.

______________________________________

Welp, no way this could be misinterpreted.... TO THE FAMILIES WITH YOU !
 
2012-10-06 07:09:32 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.


There is a particular religion of sensitive pussy attention whores. No, it's not Christianity as they get bashed 24/7 and just say "whatever". No, it's not Buddhism as they never get bashed and rightly so.
 
2012-10-06 08:16:09 AM
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Totally against retouching...
 
2012-10-06 08:21:45 AM
Don't let them take your picture for Gods sake. It's nothing but a ploy to steal your immortal soul.
 
2012-10-06 08:22:33 AM
home.earthlink.net

// pea'd
// wot retouch?
 
2012-10-06 08:58:35 AM
No Monkey-faced Jesus on kids pics?

/left disappointed.
 
2012-10-06 09:13:25 AM
Getting outraged because the photographer jokingly added black eyes and cold sores I can understand. Getting hissy because the photog offered to remove blemishes - which are temporary anyway and shouldn't be linked to a child's self-esteem - not so much.
 
2012-10-06 09:21:12 AM
Swedes in tiaras.
 
2012-10-06 09:47:21 AM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Retouching goes way back before digital even for yearbook photos.


Yeah. We had the option of getting our senior pictures retouched, and that was way back in '79.

Vial said she is worried the practice of touching up the photos will run counter to campaigns aimed at improving the self-image of children

This is a great idea, Sweden. You should raise all your kids to be brimming with self-confidence. That's what we've done over here, and just look how good all our kids are turning out.
 
2012-10-06 10:23:11 AM
What the... My son has acne. Has had it for years. Proactive helps but not all the time on every pimple. I always check the box for retouching for his school pictures. It doesn't change who he it, it actually lets us see the "true" him. I think the cold has gotten to some people.
 
2012-10-06 11:12:38 AM

fusillade762: davidphogan: fusillade762: Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.

I had several black eyes as a kid. Fell out of bed and hit my garbage can with my face, got hit with a baseball, got hit with a hockey puck, got kicked in the face playing soccer, etc. If CPS had worried every time I had a black eye I'd never had seen my parents.

Weird. I don't think I've ever had one. Never broken any bones, either. Worst injury I ever had was a stretched ligament in my ankle from missing a step on some stairs. Though I did spend weeks in a cast and the doctor said I would have actually been better off with a break.

/csb


Same story here, only I jumped off my ankle doing a lay up to get mine.
 
2012-10-06 11:14:17 AM

styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.


Ding ding ding. Just remember this when someone bashes something you like.
 
2012-10-06 11:19:28 AM

bmihura: styckx: Is there anything left in the world people don't get outraged at? Such a thin skinned world of sensitive pussy attention whores we live in.

There is a particular religion of sensitive pussy attention whores. No, it's not Christianity as they get bashed 24/7 and just say "whatever". No, it's not Buddhism as they never get bashed and rightly so.


As a Christian, I love Buddhism. One can adopt may opinions and lifestyle choices and live a more fulfilled life than with all the Jesus is awesome and only force of good in this world crap most churches push.
 
2012-10-06 11:27:48 AM
Did it have fine print like LifeTouch does?

Fine print says "Retouching does not include removal of freckles, glasses glare, and stray hair."

/not subby
//picture day was last week
///a third one to make it right
 
2012-10-06 12:28:12 PM

davidphogan: fusillade762: Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.

I had several black eyes as a kid. Fell out of bed and hit my garbage can with my face, got hit with a baseball, got hit with a hockey puck, got kicked in the face playing soccer, etc. If CPS had worried every time I had a black eye I'd never had seen my parents.


So, how is your dad?
 
2012-10-06 12:41:37 PM

Mikey1969: I'm not "outraged", but I think it's pretty stupid on the part of the photo studio. It's not their business to judge what's "attractive" and what's not.


The photo studio only offers this service, they don't do it on their own. Presumably, they don't fix things the photo subject doesn't want fixed, only the stuff they do want fixed. So what.

People make themselves look better all the time before the shutter snaps. Different glasses, contacts, colored contacts, makeup, hair styling, clothes, braces to fix teeth, plastic surgery, hair coloring, whatever. Why is fixing the image after the shutter snaps objectionable, but spending 2 years with braces on your teeth or 5000 bucks for bigger tits, or 20 bucks for blonder hair not objectionable? I can't find the Chris Rock video, but "You don't look like that!"
 
2012-10-06 01:12:47 PM
Scandinavian people problems
 
2012-10-06 01:51:46 PM
I worked in a photography studio for many years. A coworker of mine found this one little old lady to be quite amusing looking, so for a while, I'd paste her face, tiny and transparent, into many different people's photos. One time I went wayyyy too far and pasted it on the black spot of a pet dalmation, and it was glaringly obvious. I thought for sure the client was going to come back pissed off, but they didn't. Ahhh tiny grandma face....She lives on the wall of about 30 different people.
 
2012-10-06 02:05:57 PM

Aquapope: The photo studio only offers this service, they don't do it on their own. Presumably, they don't fix things the photo subject doesn't want fixed, only the stuff they do want fixed.


No, the place that did my kids' pics offered an all-or-nothing package. They would never be able to customize this for hundreds of students at multiple schools. Photoshop isn't the magic bullet everyone thinks it is. Time stil applies.
 
2012-10-06 02:41:11 PM

Mikey1969: No, the place that did my kids' pics offered an all-or-nothing package. They would never be able to customize this for hundreds of students at multiple schools. Photoshop isn't the magic bullet everyone thinks it is. Time stil applies.


What does an "all-or-nothing" package entail. They get rid of zits? They highlight cheekbones? They fix hair? Not being snarky, I just don't know.
 
2012-10-06 02:41:17 PM
In 1996 they were offering photo-touch ups for our Grade 12 Grad photos. It was expensive as all hell back then likely due to them still using film, and only a handful of wealthy parents of kids with bad acne took them up on it.
 
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