High School Digitally Alters Student Yearbook Pictures

A Utah high school is under fire this week for altering via Photoshop, seemingly at random, the yearbook portraits of some female students—apparently in order to make them appear more modest. Wasatch High School cited the dress code as the reason behind the image edits, which in many instances involved covering up bare shoulders and raising necklines to appear more demure. The problem, say many students, is that the retouching seems to have been done at random, and the dress code was not uniformly applied. No matter where you stand on this story, there’s one thing I will say for the edits: they did actually reinforce some good rules for portrait attire. For instance, bare shoulders are rarely ideal in a head and shoulders portrait, as their brightness usually draws the eye away from the face in two opposing directions. And while a v-shaped neckline is a flattering shape, a neckline that plunges too dramatically can also draw the eye away from the face. In general, anything that distracts from the face is bad. But then again, heavy-handed use of Photoshop is usually frowned upon too.


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