The ability to make things appear and disappear used to only be a concept of magic--if we wanted to have our eyes deceived, we would pay to see a magician. Today, it seems as if we don't have to seek this type of deception as we are constantly exposed to images produced by photographers who virtually wield the magic of a wand through Photoshop.
"Who Can Improve on Nature? Magazine Editors," an article from The New York Times, presents the ethical issues surrounding edited photographs in magazines. To some photographers, editing photographs through Photoshop is merely a way to enhance the subject. However, as one edit follows the other, photographers may be doing more than just making enhancements; photographers may be changing reality.
As photographers master the skill of Photoshop, they have the ability to make drastic edits look subtle or even untouched. Because of this deception, we are led to believe that what is displayed in magazines is achievable. Sure, it's achievable if you've got six hours to spare for retouching.