Posted by: photochika42 | October 17, 2010

Photo Manipulation + Critique

Below is a photo collage I made with pictures that I took.



Photo Manipulation

A Day In The Life of Smiley-Face Man



I feel that photo-tampering in the media is a small problem in the media. I feel that there are photographs that can be edited to enhance a model’s features (such as removing dark circles under his or her eyes), but there are instances of tampering with who attends events (such as Jane Fonda and John Kerry both attending a peace talk, but the image was a combination of two separate pictures, taken a little over a year apart. There are some pictures that include a disclaimer by the publisher (or the photographer), but many consumers believe the contents of the picture, and ignore the disclaimer.

One huge controversy that has been more recent in the media is a picture that surfaced in April 2004 of a U.S. Marine and two Iraqi children. One of the children is holding a sign that reads, “Lcpl Boudreaux killed my Dad then he knocked up my sister.” Boudreaux claims that the sign originally said “Welcome Marines” and that the original photograph was tampered with. To this day, there is no solid proof that the photo was tampered with or not.

An article titled “I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop.” does explain how some people use Photoshop to remove certain people from images, to add people to images, or to fix blemishes and red-eye that may appear in certain photographs. Adding or removing people from images can be a problem – if you add someone to a certain photograph, people will eventually believe that the person was actually there. Within this article, there is also an example of a woman who had a professional photographer use Photoshop to create a picture of her with her late father. In this instance, I feel that the use of Photoshop is acceptable.

“I Was There. Just Ask Photoshop.” can be found here:

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