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(UPI)   School photo studio offers to touch up students' photos to remove cold sores, black eyes, etc. Parents are pleased, saying -- just kidding. Actually they're furious   (upi.com) divider line 18
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2012-10-06 09:13:25 AM  
2 votes:
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 05:12:13 AM  
2 votes:
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 04:23:37 AM  
2 votes:
My God I wish they had this when I was growing up.
2012-10-06 04:14:54 AM  
2 votes:
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 02:41:17 PM  
1 votes:
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.
2012-10-06 12:41:37 PM  
1 votes:

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 10:23:11 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:47:21 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:57:09 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:36:44 AM  
1 votes:

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 05:19:37 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:13:07 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:59:52 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:46:46 AM  
1 votes:
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 04:19:35 AM  
1 votes:
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 01:46:23 AM  
1 votes:

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 01:06:15 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:21:08 AM  
1 votes:
Black eyes? They should learn to stop walking into doors.
 
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