The general definition of airbrushing in photography is the method of retouching a photo by correcting visible flaws and altering tones and colors to make the photo look more flattering. Before any devices were invented, there were no digital airbrushing involved before the release of the first working computer, photo airbrushing mostly relied on photography due to the lack of cameras or plates.
During the 1860’s, airbrushing by hand was the most frequent method manipulate photographs, which eventually would always leave brush strokes visible to the naked eye. It was not until the 1890’s that airbrushes stepped up their level from hand brushing to better camera technology that includes smoother airbrushing edits that has caused the market for photo airbrushing to be in high demand, especially to remove facial imperfections.
After the increased hype in the 1890’s, fast forward to the mid to the late 1930’s, camera products such as Kodak Brownie has been improved to make professional airbrushing less complex. Airbrushing during the period of this year was used by the Stalin Regime in Russia to remove people who had “disappeared” from official photographs as a request from the people.
Today, airbrushing has been made easier to accomplish and learn. There are numerous styles and techniques to get acquainted with which means that the world of technology has brought so many opportunities for people to learn how to airbrush photos themselves without needing to rely on professionals. Popular photo editing software for airbrushing photos such as Adobe Photoshop is a must skill to have for those aspiring to be a professional photo editor in the future. Even though there are other more affordable photo editing apps or even ones that automatically airbrush for you, it is such a time to be in where we have reached so far from hand brushing to having a computer airbrush photos for you.