Realistic photos vs. abstracted photos
A fellow designer and I had a conversation today about the use of photos in an upcoming project. We're weighing the pros and cons of using photos that are fully realistic vs. photos that have some kind of artistic effect applied (like PowerPoint's paintbrush effect) or other effects that have been covered in various Screenrs.
So the question we're pondering is:
Are people less likely to get distracted by the intricacies of photos when they are slightly abstracted, therefore allowing more focus on a slide's narration (or other slide content)?
Do you think one photo style or the other would hold up better over time (like the rise and fall of tie-dyed shirts and jelly shoes popularity).
Curious about others' thoughts on this. Do you have a personal preference?