Photo manipulation involves transforming or altering a photograph. Some photo manipulations are considered skillful while others are frowned upon as unethical, especially when they are designed to deceive. My aim is never to deceive, simply to remove distractions.
Three distractions were spoiling this shot of Mary, the harsh shadow on the wall behind her, the mirror on the wall in front of her, and the lamp. The mirror was screwed to the wall but the lamp I could, and with hindsight should, have unplugged and moved. Toning down the shadow and removing the mirror were simple, removing the lamp and recreating the parquet flooring was painstaking.
Getting the veil to stay in position in this shot of Francesca proved impossible and so make up artist, Maggie, held the veil and then I 'removed' Maggie's hand from the shot in post processing.
A very windy day in Jersey and Cassie's dress was billowing. The solution in post processing was to reshape the dress to Cassie's real shape. However, in doing so it was necessary (and difficult) to recreate part of her arm!
The photo of Cassie below was spoiled by the radiator, curtain and the window in the background. These obviously couldn't be moved at the time so the solution was to remove these distractions in post processing. I also created a little more carpet at the bottom of the photo so that her shoes were not tight against the edge of the frame.