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    I thought this was hilarious. From the NY Times:

    As news spread across the world of Iran’s provocative missile tests, so did an image of four missiles heading skyward in unison. Unfortunately, it appeared to contain one too many missiles, a point that had not emerged before the photo appeared on the front pages of The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune and several other newspapers as well as on BBC News, MSNBC, Yahoo! News, and many other major news Web sites.

    They've got a side-by-side at the link, and it's blatant.

    Although, with that kind of press pick-up, I might be wrong to say they "failed."
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    hahaha, the media have failed!
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2008
    mmm... as someone formerly from the field of special effects and 3D graphics, what surprises me is not that they did it, but that we dont hear of more of these. Every image in every glossy mag is digitally manipulated. I'd wager a good number of newspaper and 'serious' journalistic images are too. (see recent Fox manipulation of the journalists faces scandal)

    The problem is a) we are so good at it, and b) nobody cares. Only when someone does a really sloppy job (like this) does anyone notice. With an hours more work, no-one would have ever noticed.

    People like to believe what they see.
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    This is where ethics come in. Both color correction and photo illustration are a part of my day job, and there have been tons of moments where just the slightest touch of the clone tool would dramatically improve the photographer's work. I don't do it. When I do manipulate a photo beyond repairing color and sharpness, I mark it as a photo illustration credited to me.

    I know every image in every glossy mag is heavily manipulated, and I wish that weren't true. At the very least, they should clearly state it. Regardless, there's a difference between a model shoot and a news photo.

    I disagree that no one cares, because every time something like this comes out, heads roll.
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    Too bad we don’t have a government hell-bent on convincing us that Iran’s weapons programs aren’t just a bunch of douches trying to extort favors from the rest of the world. How great would it be to see the Secretary of State with the photoshopped image pointing out how bad it is and mocking the Iranians for being so pathetic? “Call us when you get some real guns, losers!”
    • CommentTimeJul 10th 2008
    @Chris: I agree with you that it is a matter of ethics. And there are a good many photographers who would scream bloody murder if they found out one of their pictures had been doctored. However, ethics is sadly lacking in mainstream media, and the pressure to deliver is extreme. There are constantly cases of altered footage or images which do not result in heads rolling, but rather an 'oops, we didnt realize...' response. The need for a good headline and gripping shot is placed higher than integrity all too often, in my experience. I still would put my money on there being far more doctored images and footage in the news than we expect. I guess it also comes down to the extent of the manipulation, too.

    My assertion that no-one cares referred mainly to the bovine masses, the majority of people can't tell and probably don't even see anything terribly wrong with it. Indications for this are that the majority response to the faking of the pictures was not 'they faked the pictures, and we almost didn't notice!' but rather 'haha their rockets are crap and didn't fire'. The majority of professionals probably does care, or so I hope.
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2008
    the bovine masses
    Now that is an excellent turn of phrase.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJul 12th 2008
    BBC was speculating that one of the four missiles failed to launch.

    Since they'd already released pictures with four launchers, they were probably trying to cover up the failure.

    Obviously a 25% missile launch failure rate and inept Photoshopping just proves what a danger they are to the world.