In honor of April Fool’s Day, let’s take a look at the history of people modifying images. The history of photo editing dates back to the beginning of photography, and photo editing is now standard in today’s photography industry. Advanced technology is allowing more artistic power and voice than ever before, but what did professional photographers use before the days of Photoshop? Photo editing certainly was more difficult, but they managed to create some of the first photography techniques that we still use today.
Some of the common photo editing techniques before Photoshop were multiple exposures, combination printing, photo montage, and basic retouching on the negative or print. A photographer wanting to edit photos would use simple opaque paints as well as airbrushes and charcoals. Photo editing was used for the same things we use today. Artistic viewpoint, political satire, and adding missing family members into portraits were all practices started in the late 1800s. Some of the best examples of photo editing history are: