Monday, August 14, 2006

New York Times: Ease of Alteration Creates Woes for Picture Editors

From the New York Times:

"The recent discovery that a Lebanese freelance photographer, Adnan Hajj, had manipulated pictures he took for Reuters has raised questions about the standards of photojournalism at a time of widespread digital photography."

Comment: Okay, here's a link to one of the doctored photos on Little Green Footballs. Anyone who knows more than the basics in Photoshop can see that this photo is doctored -- the smoke has clearly been enhanced using the clone tool. It is frankly impossible that the Reuters photo editors wouldn't have seen this if they looked at the photos for more than a nanosecond.