Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bad Photoshop...

There has been another round of badly Photoshopped images in the news the last few days.

This image was released from the North Korean (state run) news agency showing victims walking through a "flood".

Two things wrong with this image, the water does not wick up their pants, they remain absolutely dry right to the water line AND the blending of the people to the water is HORRIBLE.

It is theorized that they (North Korea) released the image as "news" hoping for different flood, one of international aid.

If you follow this link you can read the story (and see the image) that cost an Associated Press freelance photographer his job (and credibility). What did he do? He used Photoshop to (badly) remove his shadow from an image he took of children playing soccer.

It seems that folks get caught because they do such a bad job of using Photoshop, which makes you wonder how many "good" edits never get caught.

Don't get me wrong, I use Photoshop, but I don't pass my images off as news, nor do I claim them to be unaltered.


Miguel Palaviccini said...

Wow. That's pretty shocking!

Robert said...

if you think that's bad you should see their web site, it looks like it was done by a 12 year old in 1994. and the facts. wow.

AC said...

What irritates me is when I take a great landscape shop and I am ACCUSED of using Photoshop (and I don't). Many people these days think everything it totally manipulated with Photoshop.

Luke said...

I use Photoshop for EVERY photo I deem good enough for a story I wrote. The thing is, I pride myself in making it look like I NEVER use it. I only use it for white balance, color correction and noise reduction. If you compose your shot well enough, like any novice can do, you won't have to worry about your shadow or removing something from the picture during the finishing process. IMO.

half blind said...

I never really noticed Photoshop in news photos before. Now I'm going to really start paying attention. Thanks Scott!