I've posted a new article over on the OSC IB Blogs site: Can That Be Real? in the Teacher and in the Student blog sections. I've re-posted it here.
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“Can that be real?” can have two meanings – does this image come from the context the text describes, and/or has it been “photoshopped” – altered in some way.
Luke Winkie has written a very informative post about 3 easy ways to tell if a photo is fake: use Google’s “Search by image” function, Topsy, and Snopes.
He uses the image above of a young boy comforting his little sister, represented as having been taken just after the recent earthquakes in Nepal, as his first example. “…the picture itself isn’t fake, but it most certainly wasn’t taken anytime this year, and there’s a good chance it wasn’t taken in Nepal. It’s just another artifact in a world whole world of sentimental and reappropriated pap presented as authentic….”
Do you ever wonder if an image has been “photoshopped” – altered in some way to fake the point? Andy Bloxham writes about several recent “news photos that are not quite what they seem in this post at the Telegraph.co.uk. Justin McCurry writes about this image of North Korean hovercraft in the Guardian.com.
“It seems that folks get caught because they do such a bad job of using Photoshop, which makes you wonder how many “good” edits never get caught.”
I often learn of a photoshopped image by the aftermath, not because I spotted the poor photo workmanship. Here are two examples: “The AP has pulled a freelance photographer’s imagesfrom its wires because he copied one part of the photo to another in order to cover up his shadow.” (Read thefull post at Poynter.org), and “Bloomberg Politics acknowledged that it made a “bad call” with a photoshopped image of Hillary Clinton that was shared on the outlet’s Twitter account.” (read the full post at CNN Money.com)
Photoshopped or Not? Three Ways To Tell If An Image Is Real Or Fake by Fatima Wahab offers several sophisticated guides to help you look closely at an image in order to judge its authenticity. Click on the title to read her informative post.
|This image is a composite image featuring the Statue of Liberty and the stormy sky of a 2004 supercell thunderstorm in Nebraska. (Photo : Facebook)|
|The fake selfie of a man being run after by the IDF Photo: DAM|
Being cautious about accepting the “truth” represented in an image certainly helps one to become an inquiring, knowledgeable, thinking and reflective viewer. And perhaps a “digitally literate”one, too.