John Paul Pennebaker, 'Sealed Power Piston Rings', From "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Working with layers is easy but you have to know your end result before you start mixing channels and curves to create great lighting effects. It's a fine line between artistic photography and great image manipulations and an over blown theatrical mess.
photo manipulation before the digital age. 'american school man on rooftop with eleven men in formation on his shoulders' by unknown artist, ca. 1930 gelatin silver print collection of george eastman house photo courtesy: the metropolitan museum of art
photo-manipulations-hossein-zare [I really love the artist's manipulations of reality in these works. They are provocative. the overall compositions are simple, allowing the ideas behind them to not be overpowered by superfluous detail.