Was That Photo Photoshopped?

Was That Photo Photoshopped? There are websites that help you tell if a photo has been photoshopped. I don’t mean edited in photoshop or lightroom, because when you shoot in RAW format your settings are set to zero (so to speak) and images have to be edited for exposure, saturation etc. I mean combining more than one photo. Like if you take a bird in a grey or blue sky, its very easy to erase the back ground in one click and just add it to another photo. Or the moon or anything else. Even if it isn’t a solid background, it can be done and people do it all the time and don’t mention that its a composition, more than one photo. It’s a grey area, sometimes exposure can’t accomplished when you have a dark subject and a light background, like trees in the morning with a sky in the background. The trees will come out dark if you set the exposure for the sky, and the sky will be blown out white if you set the exposure for the trees. In RAW format, sometimes you can set it in between and bring out the trees and darken the sky, but it is normal to just combine two images, add the trees to the shy photo and erase the blown out sky. That is not cheating, it is just part of photography.

If you see a large moon on a sunset over the ocean, and it is in full focus, it could be taken without much editing because the moon does get larger on the horizon and if you use a big lens it will look large. But it there is a foreground and it too is in focus, it was likely photoshopped. You jusy can’t get a moon and something close to both be in focus. You could set the camera to f20, atopping down the aperture more and get better focus range, but it will show every spec of dirt on your lens and camera and you will lose detail.

A good photographer can spot these photoshopped images pretty easily but there is websites that will show you a history of the images. One is called “PhotoMe”. They don’t work in facebook though, facebook takes over images, renames them and erases hirtory and data. But you can still tell. One sure sign is a halo around edges. Another is when the lighting is off, like birds will look dark against a brighter sky, and if they’re not then they have been added in later.

I do photoshop occasionally for an art picture, like a fish for my cafe press store, but otherwise I just don’t do it and if I did I would mention it is a composition so people wouldn’t think it was straight out of the camera.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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