Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries
There are forgeries, and there is plain old fun. This news story is an opportunity to send in your favorite examples of Photoshop Phun. Here's what has come in so far.
Adobe has announced a suite of new tools to spot photo forgeries, and to be able to match images with the camera that took them, Wired Magazine reports today.
This will come as welcome news to news media who have been struggling to find ways to authenticate photographs even when altered by powerful photo-editing software (also made by Adobe).
In the most famous recent case, a blogger uncovered the doctoring of a war photo taken in Lebanon by Reuters photographer Adnan Hajj. The photographer was fired, and Reuters has since clarified its rules about the use of Photoshop.
AP has not had a similar scandal but is still on guard. "When we look at the manipulated images that we have come across historically in the AP, it's a tiny, tiny percentage. But all it takes is one or two and the effects are huge," said Santiago Lyon, director of photography for the AP, which handles about 750,000 photographs a year.