Some while ago, I sold this picture to a greetings card company. As you can see, it shows waves crashing onto a rugged beach with a seagull cresting the spray bang on the pictorial third of the image. The beach was taken at one Dorset location, the waves at another a few miles away and the seagull started life on an old colour slide taken in Essex. It all came together courtesy of Photoshop.
Likewise, last month, a travel magazine used a picture of mine taken in Norfolk just as the sun came out after heavy rain. Unfortunately, the sky behind the main subject remained resolutely grey – until I added a blue sky and fluffy white clouds shot over my back garden in Hertfordshire.
Very often I am forced to take pictures of subjects that include elements I don't want. Parked cars in front of otherwise pictorial subjects are a prime nuisance in this respect. So I often use the clone tool in Photoshop to get rid of them.
Is this cheating? Well, yes. And no. I don’t believe you should use such techniques to produce pictures that would be hitherto impossible to take straight. But if you can play with the image whilst remaining true to the original subject, then where’s the harm? If you can’t take it, fake it.