Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Good Advice 

Reuters newswire is dealing with fallout from doctored photos out of the Lebanon war zone. It has published this statement on what is allowable in retouching digital photos for news use. It's good advice for PR as well. Essentially, you can clean up photos and correct densities or dirt, but you can't alter content.

I use digital retouching regularly in my own photography. It's easy to take that next step and erase that out-of-focus person in the background or add a little something in the foreground. That's OK in personal work. It's not OK when one is trying to convey an accurate image through the media to others. It seems even news photographers forget or deliberately violate the rules.


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