Now, who can tell me which one of the above photos is real and which one is photoshopped? If you guess that the first photo is photoshopped, then congratulations. You are already more qualified than the Reuters editors who allowed the distribution of the photo to news websites on Saturday.
A blogger who saw the photo suspected that it was doctored using Photoshop. From lgf:
This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop “clone” tool to add more smoke to the image.Reuters later announced that it has dropped the freelance photographer who took the shot and admitted that he had used Photoshop to create more smoke in the photo. From Reuters:
It’s so incredibly obvious, it reminds me of the faked CBS memos. Smoke simply does not contain repeating symmetrical patterns like this, and you can see the repetition in both plumes of smoke. There’s really no question about it.
But it’s not only the plumes of smoke that were “enhanced.” There are also cloned buildings.
Reuters withdrew the doctored image on Sunday and replaced it with the unaltered photograph after several news blogs said it had been manipulated using Photoshop software to show more smoke.Reuters also released the original photo minus the bad photoshop work (see the second photo). Meanwhile, the blogging community is questioning some of the photographer's work. It seems that he has been doctoring his photos before sending them to Reuters.
Reuters has strict standards of accuracy that bar the manipulation of images in ways that mislead the viewer.
"The photographer has denied deliberately attempting to manipulate the image, saying that he was trying to remove dust marks and that he made mistakes due to the bad lighting conditions he was working under," said Moira Whittle, the head of public relations for Reuters.
"This represents a serious breach of Reuters' standards and we shall not be accepting or using pictures taken by him," Whittle said in a statement issued in London.
Note: Photos copyright Reuters/Adnan Hajj (freelance photographer and a very lousy Photoshopper)
Reader collett says, "Here's the link to all of Adnan's photos that were accepted by Reuters. See if you can spot more bad photoshop work."
Reader GeekGod says, "Dude, here are more questionable Reuters photos and they are not even taken by Adnan Hajj."
Related: Reuters confirms second Adnan photo is a fake too