Monday, August 07, 2006

Faking it

"Photoshopping" journalists, beware!

Reuters has recently suspended a photojournalist covering the crisis in Lebanon after an investigation by American bloggers showed that one of his images had been digitally manipulated, thereby increasing the apparent severity of a bombing raid.

Journalism.co.uk reports:

Photojournalist suspended over Beirut "Photoshopping"

The photograph filed by Adnan Hajj showed smoke billowing from burning buildings in a Beirut suburb on Saturday, but was immediately questioned in a post by Washington DC-based graphic artist Jeff Harrell, writing that "the clone stamp tool (was used) about 63 zillion times to paint more smoke into the sky above Beirut".

Other right-wing bloggers and a community of professional photographers pored over the image, suggesting that wrecked buildings, too, had been artificially replicated to increase the appearance of damage in the city. Reuters killed the image on Sunday morning in response to the concerns.

"Reuters has suspended a photographer until investigations are completed into changes made to a photograph showing smoke billowing from buildings following an air strike on Beirut," Reuters' PR head Moira Whittle told Journalism.co.uk on Sunday. "Reuters takes such matters extremely seriously as it is strictly against company editorial policy to alter pictures.

"As soon as the allegation came to light, the photograph, filed on Saturday 5 August, was removed from the file and a replacement, showing the same scene, was sent. The explanation for the removal was the improper use of photo-editing software."

To read more, click here. The photo in question is on the left.

3 comments:

little light said...

ang galing naman nila. i wouldn't know if a picture has been "photoshopped" if i see one.

bryant said...

I'm not sure, pero kasi what started yata this issue was that another photographer took the same scene at almost the same time with less dramatic effects. Will check.

little light said...

oh..i see. =)

 
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