8.14.2006

Photo manipulation debacle

"Reuters on Sunday withdrew an image of smoke rising from burning buildings after an Israeli air strike on the suburbs of Beirut on August 5, 2006 after evidence emerged that it had been manipulated to show more smoke. The manipulated image is shown on the left. The unaltered image, shown on the right, has since run. Reuters has told the photographer, freelance Adnan Hajj, that the agency will not use any more of his pictures."

"After evidence emerged"????? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Even without the image on the right, any dope can see that the image on the left is messed up.

Evidently, the photo editor at Reuters needs to be fired. And the "manipulator"? Needs to go through the PhotoShop tutorial. This is 10th grade stuff. If you're a photojournalist, a) you shouldn't be messing with your photos, or b) if you DO, make damn sure it's done better than my daughter does it on her MySpace site.

I'm just sayin.

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