06 Jun, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

QUESTIONABLE PHOTO AS EVIDEMNCE - Against Al Jazeera Journalists - Jordan Chariton: In their ninth court appearance since being imprisoned in Egypt in December, Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had a new string of questionable evidence presented against them by prosecutors. A photo showing Fahmy standing behind former Egyptian military chief Mohamed Hussein Tantawi was presented, but didn’t pass the eye test among court reporters. SOURCE:

22 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

“Every Photographer Should Read and Study This Infographic - While the perception of being a full time photographer is one of double rainbows the reality is there is so much more to what we do. The following infographic should be a required reading for anyone ready to give up their day job to live the “rock style life” of a photographer. http://fstoppers.com/every-photographer-should-read-and-study-this-infographic
TAKEAWAY: An age-old tale. And as one of the commenters points out, the situation is not limited to the photo professions alone. Any and every artist faces this dilemma.

08 Apr, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

COULD THEY BE REAL? -- The fakes just keep on coming. And frankly it's hard to keep up with all the internet-fueleddeception. Today we're taking a look at a few more dubious images that you may have seen floating around the web recently. Punking Putin? Airplane selfies? Rocket to Uranus? Fake, fake, and definitely fake.

18 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

KILLER CURVES? -- The Kardashian sisters spark photoshop controversy after skinny appearance on magazine cover - Daily Mail Reporter: “They are arguably more famous for their voluptuous bodies than for their on-screen antics. So Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian's suspiciously slimmed-down appearance . 'Too much photoshop! They are beautiful in their sizes, they dont need to look like this,' one user wrote. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2556386/The-Kardashian-sisters-spark-photoshop-controversy-skinny-appearance-magazine-cover.html

11 Feb, 2014 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


-- Fidel Castro's hearing aid Photoshopped out. Associated Press deletes photographs of ex-president after determining they were doctored by Cuban official . The Associated Press news agency has removed seven recent Cuban government handout photographs of Fidel Castro from its archives and launched an investigation of 150 more pictures after finding the latest batch had been digitally altered to hide a hearing aid worn by the ailing former president. – SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/pwej43b
PHOTO: Alex Castr0o

25 Nov, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos


-- French Newspaper Removed All Its Photographs For One Issue. Adam Taylor: “To publicize just how important photography is, French newspaper Libération yesterday decided to publish an entire issue sans photographs — the first time they had done so since it was founded in 1973.”

21 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PERFECTION AND REALITY -- Dan Gould: “While it's tempting to remove ugly utility lines from the background of a scenic image or clone in a baseball where one never existed, it's fair to say that the image would no longer qualify as a news photo. We produce visual reports, historic records, we do not manipulate images. In an odd way, the darkroom has set the standard of what is acceptable in adjusting a digital image. SOURCE: http://www.telegram.com/article/20131009/NEWS/131009864&TEMPLATE=PHOTOBLOG
PHOTO: Tom Rettig

07 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

RULES CHANGE FOR POST-PROCESSING. World Press Photo Awards Change Post-Processing Rules Following Scandal – Tim Barribeau: Even though the accusations against this year's winners were eventually disproved, next year's rules will be more strict. http://www.popphoto.com/news/2013/10/world-press-photo-awards-change-post-processing-rules-following-scandal

01 Oct, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

MISSED SHOT? Donald Winslow: “When New York Yankee Ichiro Suzuki swung at a pitch and connected with his 4,000th career base hit during the first inning of a home game against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 21st, it was a record-making moment. But at least two of the photographers working the game on the third base line that night didn't capture the moment: Debby Wong, a USA Today Sports Images photographer, and Andrew Theodorakis of the New York Daily News.” SOURCE: https://nppa.org/news/swing-and-hit-and-miss
PHOTO: Debby Wong's photograph of Ichiro Suzuki, as it appeared on the USA Today newspaper Web site
Via Roy Iwaki

22 Sep, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PLAGIARIZED PHOTO -- Student wins photography contest with ‘borrowed’ photo.
Roehl Niño Bautista : “After topping the Chilean Embassy's local photo contest, an amateur snapshooter is under fire after a Brazil-based photographer claimed ownership of the photo that he had sent in. SOURCE: http://tinyurl.com/mgbk9wa
PHOTO: HOTO: Mark Solis passed off Gregory John Smith's "Neptune, King of the Sea" as his own work and won a photo contest with it. Photo posted with permission from Gregory John Smith

DOWN EAST MAGAZINE draws criticism for altering photo. Jessica Hall: “Down East: The Magazine of Maine drew criticism recently for making a pretty drive even prettier with the help of photo editing software. The cover of the September issue of Down East magazine shows the scenic drive over the bridge to Orr’s Island – without utility wires. SOURCE: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Down-East-magazine-alters-cover-photo.html
TAKEAWAY: Is it documentary or is it illustration? Thanks to portrait photography, the public is beginning to accept photoshop changes that improve the results. We are in a new era of photography. Let’s get used to it. -RE

30 Jul, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson


-- Photographer admits to faking it. Tim Barribeau: “The image quickly spread around the Internet as evidence of a photographer's apparent extreme dedication to his craft, but also because many accused it of being a fraud or faked with Photoshop. Now the photographer behind the image has admitted it's not a case of spontaneous combustion, but says his intent was never to deceive.

PHOTO: Kawika Singson

04 Jun, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

CONTROVERSY -- at the World Press Photo. Objectivity, manipulation and the search for truth - Olivier Laurent: “Beyond the attacks leveraged against Paul Hansen's winning World Press Photo, the recent controversy over image toning is symptomatic of the current state of photojournalism and its place in a society that has learned not to trust what it sees.”
Photojournalists, photography directors and post-producers speak to Olivier Laurent, and ask whether objectivity in photojournalism is actually attainable.
PHOTO: Paul Hansen

SET UP -- After a post and a slide show about Haitian child servants were featured here and on the Home page on Monday, The New York Times learned that the photographer had a business relationship with the man whose family was the subject of many of the pictures. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/haitis-child-servants/

28 May, 2013 | Posted by: bswenson

-- New York Times Fashion Spread Sparks Discussion on Photo Editing - Tim Barribeau: “The New York Times, being a newspaper of good repute, has always had a very strict policy on image editing. All but the most basic changes are not allowed. But a recent discussion over a fashion shoot has prompted some serious discussion about if this applies to all branches of the New York Times or just the journalistic side. http://www.popphoto.com/news/2013/05/new-york-times-fashion-spread-sparks-discussion-photo-editing

28 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

NEXT SMARTPHONE FRONTIER -- Computational photography. Jo Harlow: “Nokia, the once-global leader in handsets, is attempting a daring comeback with its range of Lumia smartphones. Nokia is betting on imaging and software experiences to revive its fortunes. http://www.dnaindia.com/money/1838759/interview-computational-photography-is-next-smartphone-frontier-jo-harlow

21 May, 2013 | Posted by: sellmyphotos

PHOTOSHOP DETECTIVE -- Chris Gampat: “A church recently claimed that it gathered well over 1,000. And to prove it, they showed off the image above. The problem is that the lower right hand side is apparently completely photoshopped–which essentially points to the use of Photoshop (in this case, quite poorly) for marketing reasons.
SOURCE: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/05/13/church-of-scientology-photoshops-an-image-internet-catches-it-and-laughs-heres-why/

02 Apr, 2013 | Posted by: st

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EXTREMELY REALISTIC -- ‘Computer Generated Imagery is Killing Photography Jobs’. Michael Zhang: “One half of this face is a photograph, and the other half is a highly detailed computer generated rendering created using a program called KeyShot by Luxion. Can you tell which is which? If you can’t tell, why should we? (Okay, and to be honest, we’re not sure either). SOURCE:
TAKEAWAY: Is this CGI rendering an art? Is film photography an art? Is digital photography an art? Ask that question in twenty years when another form of rendering of objects comes along. Your answer doesn’t matter as long as the final result evokes the intended response from the viewer.

06 Mar, 2013 | Posted by: st

Louis Jaconson: ““Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop” aims to encapsulate more than 150 years of photographs that were deliberately engineered to advance a goal: to improve technical limitations of the medium, for instance, or to convince the viewer of political perspectives, express an artistic vision, or simply to have fun SOURCE: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/artsdesk/visual-arts/2013/02/26/reviewed-faking-it-manipulated-photography-before-photoshop-at-national-gallery-of-art/

PHOTO: Edward Steichen

18 Dec, 2012 | Posted by: st

1940 - The first cystoscopic photographs were published (in the Southern Surgeon). They were taken in color by Drs Edgar Garrison Ballenger, Harold Paul McDonald, and Reese Clinton Coleman of Atlanta, Georgia.

20 Nov, 2012 | Posted by: st

HOAXICANE SANDY – RJS Smart Security: Whenever a major media event happens (like Hurricane Sandy), we are inundated with news. Sometimes that news is useful, but often it merely exists to create FUD… Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. While I have not personally seen any malware campaigns capitalizing on the event yet, it is inevitable. The pattern is generally as follows: http://blogs.rjssoftware.com/rjssecurity/?p=281
PHOTO: Will the photographer please step forward...?

06 Nov, 2012 | Posted by: st

Who Dat? Oh! M'Gosh!
PHOTOSHOPPED PICTURE --Queen Sofia of Spain sues Ashley Madison website.
Lee Moran: “The reign of Spain can sometimes cause pain. The website, Ashley Madison, created an advertisement that shows a smiling Queen Sofia, her arms draped around a semi-naked young man, and the slogan, "Now you no longer have to spend the night alone." http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/spanish-queen-sues-u-s-dating-website-photoshopped-picture-article-1.1194629

06 Nov, 2012 | Posted by: st

BOO! -- Ranjit Dhaliwal -- Hoaxers and charlatans have been around for a lot longer than the photographic process but they certainly saw its capabilities and were early adopters of the technology. The rise of interest in spiritualism and psychic studies reached its peak in the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the Bostonian engraver and amateur photographer William H Mumler was the first to take advantage of this. SOURCE:

PHOTO: William H. Mumler

06 Nov, 2012 | Posted by: st

1940 – The first cystoscopic photographs were published (in the Southern Surgeon). They were taken in color by Drs Edgar Garrison Ballenger, Harold Paul McDonald, and Reese Clinton Coleman of Atlanta, Georgia.

30 Oct, 2012 | Posted by: st

GHOST FIGURES -- Scenes From World War II Photoshopped Onto Today's foreign Streets. Rebecca Rosen: “A photography project reminds us that soldiers surrendered and prisoners marched on the same streets (in Europe) we walk along every day. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/10/scenes-from-world-war-ii-photoshopped-onto-todays-streets/264013/

16 Oct, 2012 | Posted by: st

THEIR CHEATING ART: Ken Johnson: “Reality and Illusion. ‘Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop,’ an absorbing if not revelatory exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
PHOTO: Author unknown

25 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st

Is the ‘concerned photographer’ becoming irrelevant?
FAR DIFFERENT -- Last month, Magnum reported the death of member Martine Franck, widow of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a founder. The organization now has no direct link to its patriarchs for the first time in 65 years—and operates in a world of journalism far different from the one Magnum confronted in 1947. SOURCE: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443884104577645882307821656.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
TAKEAWAY: Are there any ‘concerned’ people among today’s crowd of photographers? Digital cameras have become like sketchpads for camera buffs who exhaust their camera’s memory cards with pictures of seagulls at the beach or a neighbor’s flower garden. However, many of today’s photographers will also take to the street to capture the ills of society or the joy of education, medicine, and family living.

COUNTERFEIT IMAGES -- Jennifer Greenburg’s time travel photos, “Revising History” — a Q&A and 16 photos. This photographer-super-woman always has a new, creative endeavor — one that richly explores the Retro — up her sleeve. SOURCE: Jennifer Greenburg’s time travel photos, “Revising History” — a Q&A and 16 photos — Retro Renovation http://retrorenovation.com/2012/09/19/jennifer-greenburgs-time-travel-photographs-revising-history-interview-16-photos/#ixzz26xHBcW1p

HISTORIC FAKES -- Just a publicity stunt? As iconic photo ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’ turns 80, questions arise about its origin. As the iconic Depression-era photo showing hard hats lunching atop Rockefeller Center turned 80, one archivist is saying the snap wasn’t as candid as it seems.
The rest of the story.: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/a-publicity-stunt-iconic-photo-lunch-atop-a-skyscraper-turns-80-questions-arise-origin-article-1.1163687#ixzz274d5tVG0

18 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st

BEFORE PHOTOSHOP --: Christine Roberts: “‘Faking It:’ Upcoming exhibit at the Met shows how artists manipulated photos before the age of digital technology . "The camera doesn't lie," or so the old saying goes. An exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, however, will show that photographers have been toying with the truth since well before Photoshop 1.0 popped up on computers.
SOURCE: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/faking-upcoming-exhibit-met-shows-artists-manipulated-photos-age-digital-technology-article-1.1156973#ixzz26D7NJldu

11 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: st

Do Not Trust This Photograph Jonathan Keats: “At a farm market in McLean, Virginia, a helmeted fireman shops for pumpkins, leaving his companions to fight the flames engulfing a two-story home down the road. All of this really happened.”
PHOTO: Joel Sternfeld

05 Sep, 2012 | Posted by: bswenson

PHOTOGRAPHY PHANTOMS -- "The fake photographs that predate Photoshop." Tiny soldiers, Yorkshire fairies, an unlikely meeting between Lenin and Stalin: nothing you see here is what it seems. Jonathan Jones previews a fascinating exhibition of photo fakery. SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/aug/29/fake-photography-before-photoshop?newsfeed=true

WHAT’s REAL? -- Ten "Real" Pictures Made Famous Through the Internet. Jackie Spencer: “It can be difficult & quite a challenge to determine if a picture posted on the internet is real or fake especially with the current expansion of Photoshop. Hundreds of photographs go viral every year on the internet. How many are real? http://www.examiner.com/article/10-real-pictures-made-famous-through-the-internet

24 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st

UNHOLY PHOTOS -- Kate Bevan: “The Instagram/Hipstamatic/Snapseed filters are the antithesis of creativity, and make all pictures look the same. Instagram is debasing real photography” SOURCE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/19/instagram-debasing-real-photography?newsfeed=true

17 Jul, 2012 | Posted by: st

CUTTING CORNERS -- Frank Van Riper: “The picture is a fake – a computer-generated amalgam of two different photographs, made one after the other. In one (unmanipulated) picture, that prominently features the standing man and child, the British soldier is not gesturing and is looking away from them. SOURCE: Washington Post/Van Riper

24 Apr, 2012 | Posted by: st

$50 CELL PHONE WEDDING SNAPS. Thrifty Couples Opting for Photoshopped Wedding Photos in China. A strange bit of news coming out of China: couples are opting to have their wedding photos faked using Photoshop due to rising photography costs. http://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinese-couples-opting-faked-wedding-albums-080230436.html

27 Mar, 2012 | Posted by: st

A Matter of Perspective
All fraudulent photos have their secrets. A Berkeley professor uses geometry to uncover them. As digital imaging advances, an increasing number of manipulated photographs are finding their way into the lab, the courtroom, and the newsroom. But if those photos show objects and their reflections, Berkeley computer science professor James O’Brien and his colleague Hany Farid of Dartmouth say they can use geometry to separate the real from the fake.
Source: Elaine Tu http://alumni.berkeley.edu/news/california-magazine/spring-2012-piracy/a-matter-of-perspective
via Roy Iwaki

28 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st

DIGITAL MAGIC -- Arizona Considers Anti-Photoshop Law – David Walker: “An Arizona legislator has introduced a bill to make it illegal to run print ads in the state that have been Photoshopped, unless viewers are notified that the image has been altered. http://pdnpulse.com/2012/02/arizona-considers-anti-photoshop-law.html

07 Feb, 2012 | Posted by: st

NO CAN DO -- California newspaper fires photographer for manipulating pictures of herons. The Sacremento Bee newspaper has fired one of its veteran award-winning photographers for three cases of manipulating his pictures. The Sacramento Bee told readers on Saturday that it had sacked Bryan Patrick the day before for "violating the paper's ethics policy." A reader raised questions about Patrick's published photo of a great egret catching a frog, with a snowy egret reaching to grab it. SOURCE: Poynter/Sacramento Bee http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2012/feb/06/us-press-publishing-news-photography

03 Jan, 2012 | Posted by: st

The Aesthetics of a Dictatorship: North Korea’s Photoshopped Funeral. Atrick Witty: “The authenticity of government-released photographs from North Korea has been questioned for years but not until this week, during the funeral of Kim Jong Il, was the issue as widely discussed and analyzed. “SOURCE: TIME.comPhotos.
PHOTO: Reuters

20 Dec, 2011 | Posted by: st

CLOSER LOOK -- Fashion photography goes under the microscope. Nowadays, computer software smooths over blemishes instead of sprayed ink, but photo “enhancement” is under scrutiny thanks to motions made against Procter & Gamble by the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus in the U.S. From a legal standpoint, retouching photos so they create a misleading impression of product effectiveness is clearly prohibited, he said. But competitors in an industry where post-production work is commonplace haven’t challenged one another’s ads up to now, said beauty consultant Suzanne Grayson.

14 Dec, 2011 | Posted by: st

ALTERED PHOTOGRAPHS -- Jonathan Parker: “In his work with the college's Image Science Research group, Eric Kee, who specializes in video and photography forensics, reviewed 500 examples of significantly altered photos of models advertising beauty products and other items in magazines. http://www.wpcva.com/news/article_54eb4a6c-20e2-11e1-9773-001871e3ce6c.html

07 Sep, 2011 | Posted by: st

THE REAL THING -- The foibles of the world – Secher: “‘Most of the photographs in your paper, unless they are hard news, are lies,’ ” says Martin Parr. “Fashion pictures show people looking glamorous. Travel pictures show a place looking at its best, nothing to do with the reality. In the cookery pages, the food always looks amazing, right? Most of the pictures we consume are propaganda.” SOURCE: Benjamin Secher http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-features/8723045/The-foibles-of-the-world.html
PHOTO: Martin Parr

PICTURE MANIPULATION and trust in a news imagery. Roger Tooth: “Going through the thousands of photographs that the Guardian picture desk receives each day, we try to keep a critical eye on anything that could be the result of digital retouching software like Photoshop. We are kept on our toes by eagle-eyed readers, always alive to the possibility of artifice. SOURCE: The Guardian ; http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/04/picture-manipulation-news-imagery-photoshop

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T – Book Review by Saul Austerlitz. An analysis of well-known photos finds that the manipulated images can lead the way to different truths.

31 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

SPECIAL EFFECTS -- What are the ethics of photography when everyone is a photographer?
How do you remain an ethical photographer when everyone's relentlessly Twitpic-ing, Facebooking and sharing pics taken from their 5 megapixel camera phones with the latest Apps installed to give artificial effects and ambience to their images? SOURCE: Jerrod Watt
Photo: Jeremy Bannister

24 Aug, 2011 | Posted by: st

NEW ART -- You can't trust a photograph — and that's what makes it so fascinating. 'The Digital Eye': photographic art in the electronic age. Some surreal photographic visions involve no wizardry beyond elaborate staging. Other seemingly "natural" shots are the result of self-effacing camera trickery you'd never guess was at work unless you were informed about it. SOURCE: Michael Upchurch http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/thearts/2015872144_ar14digitaleye.html?prmid=head_main