Posts Tagged ‘fake’

How to Spot a Fake Canon Flash… And How I Learned the Hard Way

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One of the two Canon Speedlite flashes above is fake. Can you tell which one?

About a month ago I walked into the Canon Quick Repair Centre in Shanghai. I had a minor problem with a Canon 580 EX II: the high-speed sync refused to work.
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Controversy Erupts After Stolen Picture Wins Samsung Photo Contest

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One of the downsides to living in an uber-connected digital world is the ease with which intellectual property can be stolen. Whichever bogus excuse they choose to use, many people seem less than concerned when it comes to stealing someone’s photography and claiming it as their own these days.

One such person is Instagram user @bogdhan, who recently won Samsung’s ‘Live in the Moment’ Instagram contest (and an NX300) using a photo that he never actually took. Read more…

Photo Analysis Accuses Some Photogs of Faking Cute Animal Photos in Cruel Ways

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Photographs like the one above by photographer Shikhei Goh go viral on a fairly regular basis. If the stories are to be believed, given enough patience and a little (or a lot) bit of luck, animals can be captured doing all sorts of amazing things.

According to an analysis published on Weibo, however, the stories can’t (or rather shouldn’t) be believed. Photos like these, the article claims, are staged by photographers who force pet store animals into awkward and unnatural poses. Read more…

New Algorithm Can Pick Out Photo Fakes by Looking at Shadows

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As post-production software continues to become more and more powerful, researchers are doing their best to keep up by developing new methods of spotting digital photo fakes. In the past, we’ve seen that noise patterns and even Twitter trends can help spot fakes, but a new method out of UC Berkeley is taking a look at something else entirely: the shadows. Read more…

Faked World War I Dogfight Pictures Go On Auction Block

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They’re some of the most dramatic photographic documents of air combat in World War I, showing planes diving at each other, crashing in flames and pilots ejecting. And they’re all completely bogus.

That hasn’t stopped the work of Wesley David Archer from becoming famous and somewhat coveted, as attested by an upcoming Australian auction of his images.
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A Creepy Video That Shows How Easily Protest Photos Can Be Staged

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Think the above photo is showing a violent protest in the Middle East? Think again. The photo is in fact a screen grab from a video showing just how easily news photos of a ‘violent protest’ could be staged. Read more…

Fake Picture of Trayvon Martin Protests Being Spread on the Web

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Hundreds of thousands of protesters angry over the verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial swarmed San Francisco streets this weekend in numbers huge enough to shut down the Golden Gate Bridge.

At least that’s what happened in the world of social media, where a photo (above) of a pedestrian-filled 1987 celebration of the iconic bridge’s 50th anniversary circulated on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and their ilk posing as evidence of mass San Francisco reaction to Zimmerman’s acquittal.
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Researchers Take Aim at Automatically Detecting Photo Fakes on Twitter

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You might remember the photo above from last year. For a while, it circulated the web like mad, claiming to show Hurricane Sandy bearing down menacingly on the Statue of Liberty. But if you’ve read our previous coverage on the photo, you’ll know that it is, in fact, a fake — a composite of a Statue of Liberty picture and a well-known photo by weather photographer Mike Hollingshead.

Photo fakes like this wind up going viral online all the time, often helped along by Twitter where retweet upon retweet puts it in front of thousands of unsuspecting people. Having had enough, a group of researchers from the University of Maryland, IBM Research Labs and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology are trying to do something about it. Read more…

Filter Fakers Tumblr Exposes Instagram #nofilter Fraud

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There are several very popular hashtags that make their way around Instagram daily, and one of them is #nofilter. It’s the hashtag that proclaims to the world that they’re seeing what you saw—no ifs, ands or earlybirds.

But, of course, not everybody that uses the #nofilter hashtag is being honest, and so a Tumblr blog has been created that seeks to expose all of these ‘filter fakers.’ Read more…

Humanoids: Beauty, Photo Retouching and the Uncanny Valley

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Full disclosure: I’ve never done commercial photography and don’t exactly know what goes into making a picture for an advertisement. The only knowledge I have on this subject is the hours of behind the scenes work I’ve watched, the hundreds of magazines, blogs and tutorials I’ve read and, obviously, the billions of ads that have bombarded my field of view since the first moment I began to comprehend visual information.

When you’re in the process of building a photographic portfolio, you think long and hard about what type of photographer you’d like to be. I’ve read over and over that it’s important to choose a specific area of the business in order to obtain the type of clients you’re looking for. Before I began this research, I was under the impression that I wanted to be a commercial photographer.
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